We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Princess Odette, The Swan Princess!!!
I was so thrilled to receive the remastered anniversary edition of this 1994 classic on blu-ray and relive this iconic story with my daughter!
The Swan Princess is the story of 2 childhood friends—Princess Odette and Prince Derek—who fall in love as adults. But the couple is forced apart by the evil sorcerer, Rothbart who seeks Odette’s hand in marriage to become king. She’s placed under a curse and forced to live her life as a Swan by day, returning to human form only by the light of the moon on the lake. And the only way to break the spell is—yep, you guessed it—true love.
The Swan Princess really holds up and still holds such a special place in my nostalgic heat. But perhaps even more impressive is how Princess Odette– seemingly ahead of her time– is an example of a strong, powerful, and independent princess. She’s a total boss, in charge of her own destiny and here are 5 quotes from The Swan Princess to prove it:
Derek: “You’re beautiful”
Princess Odette: “Thank you, but what else?”
Right from the start, Princess Odette has a strong sense of self. She wasn’t having any of Prince Derek’s shenanigans when they were kids and now in spite of their apparent chemistry, she wants to know that he sees more in here than superficial beauty.
“You Lost a Queen, Derek.” -Brom
This isn’t actually an Odette quote but it exemplifies my point perfectly. When The Swan Princess’ iconic couple gets past their youthful girl/boy disdain for one another, Prince Derek and Princess Odette realize they now feel an attraction between each other. Prince Derek proposes but when he fails to convince her, Odette leaves. The above quote is from Prince Derek’s friend Brom during a game of chess. In reaction to a winning play, Brom says “You lost a queen, Derek,” to which Prince Derek replies, “That’s twice in one day.”
“I need to know that he loves me for just being me.” -Princess Odette
In an era of love at first sight followed by marriage and “Happily Ever After,” Odette takes the time to get to know her would-be prince charming. Even when he proposes, she wants to be sure that it’s for the right reasons.
“We have all the courage we require. No fear.” -The Swan Princess
Determined to break the curse even as a swan, Princess Odette inspires her newfound animal friends and stands strong in the face to peril.
“I will never be yours.” – The Swan Princess
With all odds stacked against her, Rothbart offers to break the curse in exchange for Odette’s hand in marriage. But our girl Odette refused to compromise her dignity. And this is why we love her.
The Swan Princess 25th anniversary edition is available now on Blu-ray and digital.
Pick up a copy and relive your childhood!