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The Princess and the Pea

 
 

Opens: Sometime in 2001 (Limited Theater Release)

Company: Feature Films for Families & Swan Animation

MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated (“G” expected)

Description: It is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale. Because the evil prince Laird did not inherit the crown of Corazion, he sought his revenge by secretly switching his newborn daughter with that of his brother's, King Heath. The real princess is raised as a peasant, unaware of her royal lineage. Years later, Prince Rollo comes to the kingdom in search of a wife. Unless Sebastian, the court historian, discovers the secret of the pea, dire consequences await the kingdom of Corazion. The plot thickens when Rollo meets and falls in love with a peasant girl. Though she is everything his heart desires, she is not a princess. With time running out, Laird returns with a scheme that could put him on the throne. The characters all come together for an exciting castle top finale, in which the fate of the kingdom will finally be decided.

Crew
Director.............................................................................Mark Swan
Producers.............................................Forrest S. Baker III & Don Judd
Musical Score................................................................Alan Williams
Songs................................................Alan Williams & David Pomeranz
Animation..........................................Pannoniafilm (Budapest, Hungary)
Additional Animation...........Exist Studios, Kecskemet Studios (Hungary)
......................................................................................Accio (Spain)

Voice Talent
"Sebastian"- The Court Historian......................................Nigel Lambert
"Laird" - The Evil Prince....................................................Ronan Vibert
"Button & King Wyndham"............................................Richard Ridings
"Daria" - The Princess..................................................Amanda Waring

Film Facts
The current plan is to give the film at least a limited theatrical release, followed by a video release.

Forrest S. Baker III and Don Judd are the producers. The production company we are doing this for is Feature Films for Families. Feature Films for Families, based in Murray, Utah, produces and distributes uplifting and entertaining motion pictures that are suitable for all ages and strengthen positive values while containing no profanity, vulgarity, sexual content or graphic violence. The film is being co-produced by Swan Animation. In 1992, Mark Swan moved to St. George, Utah, where he founded Swan Animation. Swan Animation is dedicated to creating high quality animation that entertains and promotes traditional family values.

The composer is Alan Williams, veteran of several films, telefilms, and IMAX production. He cowrote the songs with the talented David Pomeranz, the author and performer of several television themes, songs, and musicals.

Princess and the Pea's production has been scattered all over the world. We did the story development in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, the voice recording in London, the music and songs in Los Angeles, and the animation in Hungary and Spain. At one period of time, Mark Swan, the director, racked up a lot of sky miles. He would be in Budapest for two weeks, then in Utah for two weeks, then back to Budapest. He started to forget what time zone he was in! It has truly been a labor of love. Many sacrifices have been made to produce the best quality film on a very limited budget. (Nearly 1/10th of the average animated feature budget.) Producing an independent animated film is hard work, says director Mark Swan. "We've all had to wear many more hats than we would in a normal Hollywood production. Sometimes resources and abilities have been stretched almost to the breaking point, but it's also been a very worthwhile experience. We've learned a lot on Princess and the Pea, and hope to continue building on what we've learned in future productions.


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