Depending on how old you are, you might remember an animated cult-classic called “The Swan Princess.” New Line released the original animated-comedy back in 1994, and the success of the film led to a sequel in 1997. Since its big screen debut, the franchise has been living on direct-to-video installments, with releases like “The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover,” and “The Swan Princess and The Secret of the Castle” keeping the story going for over twenty years. Now Princess Odette is ready to return to fans, and there’s an updated look to the franchise with all the favorite characters.
“The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music” is an all-new feature length musical adventure, with Princess Odette hosting a music competition to celebrate Princess Alise’s birthday. In the story, Prince Li of Cathay has entered, but his sister Princess Mei Li has stowed away on his ship to seek help from Odette and Derrick for Chen, who has been cursed to live as a dragon. Lucas and Alise are reunited but Prince Li’s arrival makes Alise doubt her feelings. While Li and Lucas fight for Alise’s heart, Derek and Odette try to help Mei Li and Chen break the curse.
This will be the ninth installment to the animated franchise, and fans can watch the first-look trailer below.
The video previews the updated 3D rendering for the new installment, a leap from the traditional 2D animation that launched the franchise.
The original “Swan Princess” opened against “Star Trek: Generations,” “The Professional,” and the 1994 release of “Miracle on 34th Street.” The film debuted in tenth-place on the domestic charts that weekend, and couldn’t top “The Lion King” which had been in theaters for fifteen-weeks at that point. The original went on to make over $9.7M for the studio, and while the franchise eventually stopped releasing in theaters, it found an audience through home video and on-demand sales.
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