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The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

So-so sequel recaptures some of 1st's charm and humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains some very standard cartoon violence: the scariest sequences involve Zelda, a sorceress who cackles a lot and loudly, threatens our heroine and her family and friends, casts evil spells upon innocents, and generally causes a lot of trouble. Zelda kidnaps Princess Odette and calls upon explosive, whizzing fireballs and green blobs in an attempt to take over the kingdom. There are lots of high-speed chases, played mostly for humor with pratfalls aplenty. For a short time it's feared that Odette is gone and the others begin to grieve for her, but she reappears quickly. In the final battle sequence, Zelda can't escape a fireball and blows up. Princess Odette, while not the central focus of this movie, is still much more than a "damsel-in-distress." She makes decisions, behaves wisely, and is shown to be courageous and strong.

  • Families can talk about how Jean-Bob, Speed, and Puffin are like a family. What other movies or TV shows have you seen where people who aren't really related act like a family? Why do you think audiences like them?
  • If you've seen the other two movies in this series, which did you like best of the three? What did you miss most from the original? What, if anything, did you like better in this movie?
  • What makes the relationship between Princess Odette and Prince Derek work so well? What do they like about each other? How do they handle problems when they come up?
  • Teamwork is an important part of this series. Name some of the many "teams" you saw in this film.

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Not an issue

  • message true2

    Messages: Honesty, loyalty, bravery, and intelligence are valuable attributes. Greed, hunger for power, dishonesty, and meanness can't defeat goodness.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Princess Odette shows again that intelligence and courage trump beauty. Prince Derek respects the princess for all of her fine qualities.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Cartoon violence includes chases, falls, an evil sorceress who cackles fiendishly in a number of scenes, a scary winged creature, a bird captured in a net, some spooky music, tracking along dark eerie passages, fiery blobs, the kidnapping of the princess, and a final battle between the sorceress and the heroes in which the villain blows up.

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    Sexy stuff: Romantic kisses between Prince and Princess.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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