Like a lot of seven-year-old girls, Claire dreams of being in a faraway land. One day she is looking after her little sister Caitlin when the two sisters find a secret door under the stairs...
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It's animated adventure on a gigantic scale in this whimsical laughter-filled tale of some very tiny people who learn some very big lessons about life, accepting differences, love and ... See full summary »
Join Pocahontas on this early American adventure, as she falls in love with the gallant English colonist Captain John Smith and brings peace to the Indians and the colonists. Produced by Golden Films/Directed by Diane Eskenazi.
Like a lot of seven-year-old girls, Claire dreams of being in a faraway land. One day she is looking after her little sister Caitlin when the two sisters find a secret door under the stairs. Inside, Claire and Caitlin find an enchanted trunk, a magical locket and an invitation that whisks them away to a magical kingdom. There they meet a young boy named Antony, the son of Queen Emma. They discover that evil Queen Carlotta is looking for the magical locket, and when Caitlin is captured by The Queen, Claire and Anthony must disguise themselves to save Caitlin, and the Kingdom from Carlotta's evil spell!Written by
I have always loved animation, and generally I do like the Golden Films animations. They are not perfect by all means, but most are charming entertainment with engaging characters and wonderful music. I consider the best of Golden Films to be Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Three Musketeers and The Night Before Christmas. The Princess Castle is another one of their stronger efforts. Part of you does wish that it was a little bit longer perhaps, but I loved the good-natured and very charmingly told story, it's simple but never bland or childish. The writing is both amusing and touching, while the music continues to delight and is always well-utilised and in terms of animation The Princess Castle is one of Golden Films' better-looking too, smooth and colourful and the character designs not as crude as some of the other more obscure I've encountered also. Carlotta is a convincing villainess, not menacing as such but not over-the-top, while Claire, Caitlin and Anthony are very likable protagonists. The voice work is solid also. Overall, a cute and charming animation from Golden Films, as well as well animated with the music and characters as good as you'd expect. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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