I grew up watching the animated Swan Princess series based on the Swan Lake ballet. This included The Swan Princess, The Swan Princess and the Secret of the Castle, and The Swan Princess and the Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure. It's been more than a few years since my last viewing, so my recollection is fuzzy, but I remember thinking the turtle and frog sidekicks were hilarious.
Basically, the first movie follows the basic plot of Swan Lake, while the others introduce and defeat new villains.
In 2012, The Swan Princess Christmas was released, which was the first in the series to use CG animation. I haven't watched this one. In 2014, I apparently also missed the Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale addition to the franchise, in which the now-married Odette and Derek adopt a daughter, who is kidnapped and requires her new family to rescue her.
The latest adventure in Odette and Derek's life is this new daughter's quest to be a pirate, titled The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! Here's more information about the movie:
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!
With her parents away for the summer, fun-loving young Princess Alise must spend her time with Queen Uberta, training to be the perfect, proper royal... But what she really wants is to become a swashbuckling pirate! Princess Alise sets sail with Lord Rogers, Jean-Bob the frog and Speed the turtle on a bold high-seas journey filled with amazing adventure, danger and discovery. After a shipwreck leaves the brave crew stranded on a wild, mysterious island, they meet Lucas, a young boy who has been living in seclusion. Now the faithful friends must work together to escape the island and the ferociously hungry creatures that dwell there.
To enter to win a copy of the new Swan Princess DVD, take this quiz to find out if you'd make a better princess or pirate, and post your results in the comments.* Would you prefer the princess or pirate life? For those of you who also grew up with this franchise, what do you think of the newer installments? Did you have a favorite among the classic Swan Princess movies?
Next week, come back to the blog to read my review of The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! and find out the winner of today's giveaway!
*Each household is only eligible to win The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. This blog's giveaway ends Tuesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on this blog Wednesday, September 21.