“From the creators of the huge trading card sensation, Bella Sara, comes this wonderful family adventure that takes viewers on a magical journey to “North of North.” This mythical land, once filled with beautiful horses, is now a place where earthling Emma comes face to face with the evil Ivenna, who is out to destroy the herds, steal their magic, and take possession of the land herself. It’s up to Emma and her new friend, Sara, to overcome all odds, rescue the horses, and learn her true destiny.”– Anonymous, IMDB.
“Bella Sara is a children’s card trading game that combines a world of magical horses with game play. Bella Sara was started in Denmark to create an alternative to other popular trading card games that would be more suited to girls and lack the element of competition present in the other games. After the game proved successful in Scandinavia, the cards were released on a trial run to United States consumers in Seattle and San Diego at the end of 2006. Sales during that trial run were high enough to convince retailers to take the cards national in March 2007″.
In addition to the card game, there exists a line of novels taking place in the world of Bella Sara.
Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings was a lucky thrift store find: The extremely girly DVD just happened to catch my eye. It was a good thing too, I don’t know if I’d have stumbled unto Bella Sara otherwise. It’s not technically a Princess movie, the main character is not/does not become a princess, and thus it likely would never have shown up in one of my routine searches for new Princess movies. She does however become a ‘Valkyrie’, which in the world of Bella Sara is for all intents and purposes pretty much a princess. Hence, it’s inclusion in the Bad Princess Movie blog.
Bella Sara is a brief but fascinating look into the world of magical horse card games that I never knew existed. It also features some pretty stiff animation, terrible backgrounds, awful music, and this awesome horse with lava cracks on it that makes fire with its hooves when it flies.
Regarding that aforementioned awful music, Bella Sara is isn’t a musical, but it does have one song to look forward to. You get to see the titular character, Emma, write the song early on in the movie. Terrible music is one of the things I look forward to in my Princess movies, so after that scene I spent the rest of the film holding out hope that the characters would finally burst into song. Alas, my hopes were dashed. The one song we do get is pretty hilarious though, mostly due to how auto-tuned it is (As well as how cliche the lyrics sound).
I’d definitely recommend Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings for your Bad Princess Movie Night. Bonus points to anyone who tracks down some of the cards as well!