Sony Animated Pictures is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “The Swan Princess” this year, and the movie is launching on Blu-ray and in 4K HDR for the first time ever on October 29th. As part of the celebration, creator and producer Seldon Young is bringing the film back to the big screen for a special Pink Carpet Premiere event showcasing the new, fully remastered version at the famed ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on October 24th. If you won’t be in town for the event, you can still grab the remastered editions right here on Amazon.
“The Swan Princess” was one of the last major theatrically-released films in the US to utilize a hand drawn, hand painted CEL animation style. The movie earned a Golden Globe-nomination in 1995 and was the top-selling home video title in the United States when it was first released. Since the debut of the original movie, the film has launched in over 119 countries and has reached millions of fans worldwide. The series has since released nine full-length feature films and has cultivated a massive social media following.
“How has the legacy of our original The Swan Princess film continued for 25 years?” asks Young, who can often be seen in his native Utah and at fan conventions around the world in a custom, pink argyle suit, dotted with images of the beloved Swan Princess characters. “It’s all because of the fans, and now we’re so excited to share this beautifully restored version with them and new generations to come!”
“For the restoration and remastering process we retrieved the vintage, vaulted negatives and set to work using the amazing advances in HD conversion technology, to create an even more vivid and stunning film than ever before,” continued Young.
The movie began with Director Richard Rich, an animation filmmaker trained in the Disney tradition of animation where he went to direct films at the studio. Inspired by the German fairytale and ballet about a princess who is swan by day and princess by night, Rich worked with film founder Seldon Young and Executive Producer Jared Brown, to make Princess Odette the subject of their first joint venture onto the silver screen.
The musical animated adventure is based on the classic fairy tale “Swan Lake,” and tells the story of the beautiful princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s spell. Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle and Puffin the bird. Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, these good-natured creatures can do nothing about the sorcerer’s spell, which can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love. The voice cast includes Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan, Michelle Nicastro, Howard McGillin and Liz Callaway.
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