Hello to everyone talking about The Swan Princess!
Thank you to all of you, regardless of your opinion of the brand, for your engagement and the feedback. A special thanks to our fans for their undying support.
The original Swan Princess was a huge project, but a dream come true for our little company. It was our first feature film and we poured our hearts into it, overcoming many hurdles, especially during our theatrical debut. Films are an exciting but competitive business. Without our fans we would not have great achievements like being the #1 animated, non-Disney film of the 90’s upon release to VHS.
Over the past 24 years the fans have motivated me to strive for big goals for The Swan Princess. There is a lot of work to be done in order to achieve my exciting vision. We must really push our little brand forward in todays market. This includes being relevant to children today! We have to create more content. This includes more stories, films, products, music, apps and games...more of everything!
2D versus 3D
I grew up watching Donald Duck, The Lone Ranger and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I think of this 2D, traditional, hand-drawn animation as the real deal, the authentic cartoons. Imagine my luck to be able to make them as an adult!
2D animation is a perfect example of "you don't know what you've got until its gone"! The problem we ran into by the time we endeavored to create new Swan Princess movies, 12 years after the last 2D sequel, was that the market changed. The size of talent pool to draw every cell by hand was no longer available because the artists had progressed with the industry and specialized in CGI. Transitioning to 3D animation was the only real choice we had.
This has been a huge adjustment for us. We have been learning a lot in the process. We strive to always improve the 3D animation and each film gets better.
We know that a huge part of our audience is still children and as one of our adult fans amply pointed out "I showed the original film to my little niece, she wasn't interested. Just not colorful enough". This may be unheard of to some, but it is the reality of current animation. We hope that our 3D approach will encourage our millennial fans to introduce their children to The Swan Princess.
Fortunately, we have millions of fans all over the world and it continues to build. This support and enthusiasm from the Swan Princess fans is the most important stepping stone to achieving a high definition version of the animated film and someday, a live action Swan Princess film!
Thank you again
Seldon O. Young
Producer and Owner of The Swan Princess brand.
About The Swan Princess
The Swan Princess is based upon the folk tale and ballet, Swan Lake. The story is transformed into a playfully fun adventure with exciting music, lovable forest friends, and of course, the handsome Prince Derek. The Swan Princess, Odette, has stayed true to original fairy tale princess with her kindness, grace, and loyalty.
Three reasons you should follow us on Facebook 1) Get a behind-the-scenes look as Princess Odette and Prince Derek continue their adventures 2) Be one of the first to be notified when new products are released and 3) Share your Swan Princess stories and tales with other die-hard fans.