The Princess and the Pea is an obscure 2002 animated film based on the Hans Christian Andersenfairy tale of the same name.After King Heath’s daughter is born, his evil brother, Laird, switches her with his own newborn daughter and sends her away to live with pig farmers as vengeance for not inheriting the crown. The princess grows up to be a peasant girl named Daria, and after a chance encounter with Prince Rollo, they fall in love. Rollo quickly sets aside his own feelings in favor of marrying a princess for the good of his kingdom, but trouble is stirring when Laird schemes to get his daughter, the wrongful princess Hildegard, to marry Rollo and to get Daria out of the picture for good. There’s also the matter of an impending prophecy that the kingdom will fall to ruin after the rule of the 18th king, and the only way to find the rightful princess to rule it is to have her sleep atop 20 mattresses with a single pea at the bottom and see whether she can detect it without knowing it's there.Watch the trailer on YouTube.There is also a spin-off TV series, as can be seen here, dubbed in Russian
The Princess and the Pea provides examples of the following tropes:
Age Cut: Daria gets one when she looks at her reflection on a pond.
All of the Other Reindeer: This happens to Daria after an angry mob tries to kill her. She goes back to the kingdom after hiding, and everyone runs away from her.
Card-Carrying Villain: Laird talks about how he'll make a wonderful despot before his coronation, and when he meets his daughter, he mentions how she needs a few lessons in deceit and hypocrisy.
Chekhov's Gun: Daria's heart-shaped birthmark on her left foot is later used to help identify her as the real princess. Hildegard paints one on her foot, but Sir Winthrop, Rollo's dog, licks it off proving to everyone that she is a fake.
Climbing Climax: Laird and Hildegard take Daria to the top of the castle, and Rollo follows them up there to rescue her.
Dawn of an Era: Sebastian comments on this at the end, believing a new golden age will start now that Daria, after passing the Secret Test of Character and proving herself to be the princess from the prophecy, assumed her rightful role as the true princess.
Follow the Leader: This movie pretty much copies every Disney trope ever, but what makes this case especially bad is how, at the time of its release, Disney and other big-name animation studios weren't even making fairy tale movies.
Malicious Slander: Laird tells the very gullible crowd of peasants he assembled that Daria is the cause of all the bad things happening to them because "she's different".
Manipulative Bastard: Laird is this with some overlapping elements of The Chessmaster. His scheming includes him replacing Heath's newborn daughter with his own so that he can torment his brother knowing she would grow up into a spoiled brat, manipulating a mob to kill Daria, and convincing everyone that Rollo wants to marry Hildegard.
Marry for Love: Rollo initially wanted to marry a princess to strengthen his own kingdom, but after being dissatisfied by how shallow all the princesses he meets are, he decides to marry Daria.
The Prophecy: It states that the kingdom will fall to ruin after the death of the 18th King (which is Heath). To save the kingdom, the prophecy also states "To reveal the heart of true nobility, place the pea twenty mattresses deep. The Princess true is love and sensitivity, upon such she can never sleep."
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rollo delivers one to Laird while chasing him through a booby-trapped dungeon. He responds by setting off another trap.
Revenge: Laird seeks it on Heath after he became king. Laird was the older son and supposed to inherit the throne, but because of the rule that the first son who enters the throne room during coronation day becomes king, he lost his birthright since Heath walked in while Laird was busy looking for his shoes.
Say My Name: Rollo shouts Daria's name repeatedly when he tries rescuing her from the forest fire.
Scenery Porn: Daria's secret place, which is castle ruins dating back to the time the Princess of legend ruled.
Secret Test of Character: The test of having a princess sleep on top of twenty mattresses with a single pea at the bottom. If she can feel the pea beneath the mattresses without knowing it's there beforehand, it means she is the princess of prophecy. Daria passes the test.
Switched at Birth: Daria and Hildegard were switched by Laird so that he could get his vengeance on Heath, knowing that Helsa would raise a Royal Brat for a daughter. Meanwhile, Daria was sent to live with pig farmer peasants.
Tagline: "Never underestimate the power of a vegetable."
Wanderlust Song: "The Wide Open World", sung by Daria as she does chores on the farm.
Wedding Smashers: Sebastian and Fearless interrupt Rollo and Hildegard's wedding to prove that Hildegard isn't Heath's real daughter and, thus, not the real princess.
Wicked Step Parents: The peasants that raised Daria. They stay in bed all day, make Daria do everything for them including the work around the farm, make her sleep in the chicken coop and verbally abuse her. This is a particularly odd example because both of them are the step parents.
The TV series has examples of:
Easily Forgiven: Daria seems to be quite civil towards her foster-parents, and often visits them to help at their farm, despite having abused her for years.