Swan Princess 6: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today (2016)

“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.”

– Anonymous, IMDB.

The sixth movie in the Swan Princess series and the third movie to be done in CGI, Swan Princess 6 follows the adventures of Odette and Derek’s adopted daughter, Alise. Richard Rich continues to direct the series, which at this point spans over 20 years. According to the official Swan Princess website, at the time of Swan Princess 6’s release the seventh movie was already in production. Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today currently holds a rating of 4.5 out of 10 on IMDB.

Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)… So I’ll come right out and say it, Swan Princess 6 is a bit of a disappointment! It’s actually a bit dull, with lots of padding that doesn’t quite cross the ‘so bad it’s good’ line. It’s remarkable really! The 3D Swan Princess movies have been pretty reliable for how enjoyably terrible they are. 

It’s hard for me to eloquently explain what doesn’t work about Swan Princess 6, but I think it comes down to this general feeling that they were deliberately trying to make something dumb/cheesy. To spoil a bit of it, there’s a long subplot based around a parody of cooking shows like Top Chef. The characters frequently break the forth wall and mug to the camera ala the ‘confessional’ portions of a reality TV show. It kind of made me worried that the Swan Princess production crew had become aware of how notoriously bad their films were regarded, and if they decided to start pandering to the ‘bad movie’ crowd. Nothing kills my enjoyment of a bad movie than getting the sense that the movie makers were deliberately trying to make a terrible film.

At the time of writing my thoughts, the 8th Swan Princess sequel has been released, and thankfully they seem to have gone back to their entertainingly bad ways.    If you’re going to skip one of the sequels, this one might be a good choice. Not to say that this one is terrible, there’s still some pretty laughable moments, it just doesn’t hold up when compared to other entrants in the series. I will warn you though, you’re gonna be very confused when watching future Swan Princess sequels, as characters introduced in Swan Princess 6 make a return. You might just need to grin and bear this one so that everyone is on the same page when it comes time to view Swan Princess 7. 

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