DISNEY PRINCESS ENCHANTED TALES: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
MOVIE: *** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: *** (out of 5)
BY KEVIN CARR
It’s been some time since Disney released a Disney Princess title, but fans need not be disappointed now. Instead of packaging the title together with other single-disc sales, this is a stand-alone piece. Also different from previous Disney Princess titles, this includes two original stories rather than rehashed material from old Disney Channel cartoons.
Cinderella just got her own sequel a couple months ago, so she’s noticeably absent from the line-up. Instead, the highlighted princesses are Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” and Jasmine from “Aladdin.” While Jasmine has had a chance to be in her own direct-to-DVD sequels, this is the first original story from the “Sleeping Beauty” universe.
Both stories run about a half hour each and teach lessons about self determination, hard work, honesty and teamwork. Aurora has to deal with running the kingdom while her parents are out of town. She gets some help from one of her fairy godmothers, but learns to not rely on magic too much. In Jasmine’s story, she must track down a prize horse which has escaped from her father’s stables.
While I’ve not been a huge fan of the Disney Princess series – not just because I’m not a young girl but because I felt they’ve relied too heavily on retreading old stories – I have to hand it to the Mouse House on this one. I like getting original stories, and we get two in this release. The stories are obviously geared towards young girls and are pretty soft on the action, but what do you expect from Disney Princess?
The DVD comes with a music video and two Disney Princess set-top games.