The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today!
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! is a 2016 American computer animated film produced by Crest Animation Productions, Nest Family Entertainment, Streetlight Productions, and Sony Wonder and released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It was also the 6th film in the Swan Princess franchise.
Inhabited on a mysterious island are strange creatures called Boggs who love meat. Unbeknownst to them, it is also inhabited by a shipwrecked boy. He scavenges for some food by distracting the Boggs with animal noises. Far away from the island, Odette and Derek are on their way to help the people by building a bridge leaving Alise in the care of Queen Uberta, Lord Rodgers, and their animals friends: Speed, Jean-Bob, Puffin and the Scullions. Queen Uberta begins to prepare Alise to learn how to be and act like a princess. But Alise doesn't want to be a princess in this way but to be a modern princess. Lord Rogers says that Alise needs adventure but Queen Uberta disagrees.
While fighting once again, Alise uses her chance to swim in the lake with her friends but she was quickly sent back to the palace to learn to be proper. Queen Uberta is very strict with Alise, trying to teach her everything, but instead she falls asleep and sent to bed. That same night, Lord Rogers, Jean-Bob, and Speed sneak Alise out of her room to go on an adventure.
The next morning, before Queen Uberta enters Alise's room with yoga lessons, she notices that Alise has gone with Lord Rogers. Queen Uberta chases after the group all the way to the port but they escape on a ship. Queen Uberta is furious but nervous about Alise so she sent Puffin and the Scullions after them.
On the ship, Alise changes into a pirate costume, making Lord Rogers realize that Uberta was right; he turned Alise into a pirate just when Alise wanted to have fun. On the first night they see the Polar Star and Lord Rogers says that sailors always used this star to guide the way back home.
In the middle of the open sea, a typhoon was coming, forcing Alise, Lord Rogers, Speed, and Jean-Bob to fight against the big wave. They are suddenly forced to leave their ship because it was engulfed in flames. The group got separated in the storm. When the storm passes, Lord Rogers regain consciousness on a mysterious island but can't find Alise anywhere. The Boggs find Lord Rogers but before they can eat him, he uses his brilliant mind to delay them. He tricks them into thinking he is a chef and begins a game by splitting in two groups: One is the Starfish Group and the other is the Coconut group, by wearing kitchen clothes.
Elsewhere on the island, Alise and Speed find each other. Scully, in his ghost form, helps Alise to escape the Boggs and meets a boy named Lucas. They quickly become friends. Lucas helps Alise to build a ship with wood but not making any sounds since the Boggs have good hearing. So while they are mute, they use hand signals and Alise understands everything. She discovers that Lucas had run away from home because his parents are poor. His father was too weak to continue his work and was about to send Lucas to an orphanage. Alise wanted him to go with her but he refuses by saying that he belongs in this island.
Alise finds Lord Rogers and Jean-Bob and helps them escape. Together, along with Puffin and the Scullions, defeat the Boggs and sail home with an unhappy Lucas. But once they are on the port, Lucas runs away. Alise chases after him.
While Odette and Derek are on their way back to the palace, after receiving word that Alise is not in the palace, they meet Scully. He tells them that she's fine and guides them to Lucas’s parents who are also on their way to find their son. Scully also guides Alise to Lucas. She tells him that running away is not getting him anywhere. Alise and Lucas hear their parents talking. Lucas’s parents explain what really happened. Overjoyed, Lucas and Alise are reunited with their parents. The four parents are so happy their children are now home safe and sound and look towards the Polar Star in a sign of gratitude.
Why It Sucks
Warning: Don't put in the WIS reasons that “no one wanted this film”
- The only thing relating to pirates in this film is that Rogers teaches a pirate class and has a pirate ship.
- Speaking of Pirates, it was established that Rogers didn't want to teach Alise how to be a pirate, so it can be implied that he shanghaied the ship from some pirates, so if that's the case, once the pirates catch up with Rogers, he's a DEAD MAN.
- While going after Alise and Rogers, Puffin and the Squirrel army had to rely on the Poopsies from The Little Mermaid (the two electric eels) to save them from a sea monster
- Speaking of the Squirrel army, since the last movie, they work for the royal family and they are completely USELESS, such as not knowing how to sail a ship when the queen can just simply hire some human sailors!
- Alise userps Odette as the star of the franchise.
- False advertising: Despite the title having "The Swan Princess" in it, Odette hardly appears; only in the beginning when she and Derek were about to leave, and the ending when they came back. It feels more like a spin-off than an actual sequel.
- Random pop culture references, such as Rogers making a challenge exactly like Hell's Kitchen and a character who is literally Bob Dylan.
- Just like in the Christmas movie and other CGI Swan Princess films, this movie has signs of anachronism. When Alise said that she wanted to be a modern princess, the only thing that is considered "modern" for her time was the usual classic princess trope, with the fancy dress, sparkling crown, posh behavior, etc. Also, the monsters are using leaves as hoverboards despite the fact that the movie franchise takes place in the low-fantasy themed medieval times.
- Since mentioned hoverboards, they try to make movie weirdly little Science Fantasy for no good reason just make monsters faster catching up.
- Scully's ghost randomly appears on the island with no reason how he is able to talk to Alise to move plot along.
- Rogers has been severely dumbed down. In one scene, he tries to escape being eaten by turning his subplot into a Hell's Kitchen parody.
- Jean-Bob is somehow the monsters' god just because he's green. It is unknown why or how the monsters like to worship green things.
- Alise and Lucas jump off a waterfall and somehow survive.
- Again, Again and Again, Puffins come from the North Atlantic Ocean, not Medieval Europe.
- Lucas is a bland love interest.
- Just like in the previous movie, Alise is a Mary Sue (she acts like she has no remorse about running away and like she's been out to sea before, when she's NEVER done so in any point before now and she's can master sign language in less than a minute)
- The voice acting is decent
- Backgrounds are nice.
The film currently holds a 4.4/10 on IMDb.