Produce a Swan Princess TV series for Netflix in Traditional 2D Animation
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The Swan Princess, in my opinion, is one of the best animated movies not produced by Disney. In the late 1990's, it spawned two sequels. Sure, the sequels weren't as good as the original movie, but they were still pretty good in my book. But in recent years, the people who own the Swan Princess franchise, Crest Animation Productions, produced three sequels animated through CGI that were just horrible, in animation, voice acting, songs, and story. Before this gets out of hand, I propose that Crest Animation produce a TV series for the Swan Princess to be released onto Netflix that completely ignores The Swan Princess Christmas, A Royal Family Tale, and Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, but does NOT ignore the first three movies released in the 90s, and is made in traditional 2D cell animation.
First, the voice actors. Most of the current voice actors can probably stay since they were involved in the original 90s movies, and the new voice actress for Odette can probably stay since the original voice actress, Michelle Nicastro, passed away in 2010 (may she rest in peace), but the new voice actor for Derek has gotta go. He makes Derek sound way too young compared to the first three movies (not to mention he's the same guy who voiced the teenaged Ben in the Ben 10 franchise, which I'm not a big fan of), but if they're going to recast Derek's voice, why not the original actor or another one who sounds extremely close to him, such as the actor who voiced Dave in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise? Just a suggestion.
Second, the animation. The 2D animation in the first three films was spectacular in my opinion, and in others', but the 3D CGI animation in the new films? I've seen WAY better. I suggest that Crest Animation goes back to 2D cell animation as it was before switching to CGI. Now, I'm not saying you can't use both 2D animation and CGI together. Nickelodeon's done it with Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff series The Legend of Korra, so why can't Crest Animation and Nest Entertainment do that? And really put some effort into it if you want to impress people.
Third, the songs. They could use some fine tuning as well, but I'll let the writer's worry about that.
Fourth, the writing. Since you'll be ignoring the three CG films, why not tell a different story? For example, why not make Derek and Odette have a child of their own? I mean, sure, adoption is good when it's for a child who needs a family, but I personally think that it should only be done if absolutely necessary. And as for the gender of their child, I think it should be a boy since we don't really see many children of animated royal couples that are boys (unless you count Kion from The Lion Guard), so why not let Derek and Odette stand out by making them have a boy? That being said, I have an idea for their son's name: Orion. And I think that the series should start before he's born, as in you could tell what Odette went through while she was pregnant with him. Other cartoon companies have done that, so why not you guys?
Additionally, better writing would give the writers an opportunity to explain a few things such as how the Forbidden Arts were first created (I don't think that they should've been a physical character like in A Royal Family Tale) and is there more to them than Rothbart? And there's one question that's been burning in my mind for years: Why haven't we ever seen Odette's mother?
I also know a story on the FanFiction website that's quite popular and could serve as a reference for the writing of the series:
I feel as though a series like this would really help, and if Richard Rich is smart like he was when he made the first movie, he'll do us all a favor and produce this series.
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