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National Princess Day

Created by The Swan Princess, National Princess Day exists "to recognize the Princess in each girl, of every age, who deserves to be treated as royalty!" It takes place on the anniversary of the release of the 1994 animated theatrical film, The Swan Princess. Adapted from a German folktale and directed by Richard Rich, The Swan Princess tells the story of Princess Odette, who is taken by the evil sorcerer Rothbart and turned into a swan—she can only turn into human form if she is on the lake at night as the moonlight hits. Rothbart wants Princess Odette for himself, but her love resides with Prince Derek. Together, Odette and Derek work to conquer Rothbart so their love can win out.

A crew of more than 275 animators and artists worked for over four years to animate the film with hand-painted cels. When it was released, it received mixed to favorable reviews. It also lost money, grossing $9,771,658 on a budget of $21 million. Since its release, many direct-to-video films have followed it as part of The Swan Princess series. Inspired by Princess Odette, on National Princess Day we recognize the "princess" in every girl.

How to Observe National Princess Day

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