Charming is the story of Prince Phillipe, heir to one of the Four Kingdom, who was supposed to be given a blessing of charm at his birth. Unfortunately, the blessing was hijacked by his father's former lover who wanted revenge on him and the concept of love itself. The blessing turned curse means that any woman who looks into Phillipe's eyes will fall madly in love with him, whether he likes it or not. And he most certainly does not.
Cue the expected quest and race against the clock to find the meaning of love before Phillipe's 21st birthday when the curse will be made permanent.
This film was released on April 20th, 2018 and was produced by Vanguard Animation, the same folks who produced Happily N'Ever After.
Charming provides examples of:
- An Aesop:Phillipe: At the end of the day if it's just you and your treasure you are alone.
- Averted Trope: Unlike most modern examples of Prince Charming, wherein the character is a douche, Phillipe is actually a really good guy who's stuck with a blessing he doesn't want and never takes advantage of.
- Beyond the Impossible: When Phillipe and Lenore first meet the cannibals, Lenore says they're so dangerous nobody met them and lived to tell the tale, prompting Phillipe to ask how she knows about them. She admits it doesn't make sense.
- Blessed with Suck: The fully acknowledged reality of being Prince Charming. Being seen as so hansom and lovely by every woman alive means that everyone else suffers and Phillipe doesn't even have any concept of what real romantic love is.
- Boxed Crook: At first, Lenore only accepted to help Phillipe because his father offered her a pardon and a treasure.
- Description Cut: Every time Phillipe describes one of the three Princesses to Lenore, we see a scene where said Princess proves him wrong while posing for a painting.
- Gold Digger: The princesses, as stated in their extremely catchy song Trophy Boy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Phillipe is willing to be killed to prevent the curse from ending all love in the world.
- Impossible Thief: Lenore, who in two of her first three scenes robs both a royal treasure transport and strips Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty of all their valuables without them noticing.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Also Lenore who demonstrates she can, as per usual for the trope, hit anything she aims at, fire multiple arrows at once, and
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Lenore. She can't so much as be in the same room as anything gold and shiny without trying to steal it. She even steals a mustache.
- Lampshade Hanging: The ridiculousness of fairy tale logic is both acknowledged and remarked upon more than once by most of the main characters.
- Love at First Sight:
- Deconstructed hard through the lens of the curse. Every lady who sees Phillipe thinks that's what she feels, but it's just essentially hypnosis.
- Ironically happens to Phillipe upon first seeing Lenore right before she knees him in the crotch.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers all presented Phillipe in a very unsympathetic light, more of a playboy who takes advantage of his curse. See Nice Guy below for the reality of the situation.
- Nice Guy:
- Phillipe. He never wanted any of the women who chase him to be stuck in the state they're in. He just wanted every girl to feel like a princess.
- The executioner. He says it's just his job and he's willing to slow the countdown to give time for someone to rescue Phillipe. It allows Lenore to arrive on time.
- No-Sell: Phillipe's charm, magical or otherwise, does not work on Lenny. Lenny, who does manage to fool Phillipe with a Paper-Thin Disguise, can never get anything else past Phillipe or steal anything from him.
- Play-Along Prisoner: By the time Lenore and the King agree on a deal to help Phillipe in exchange for her freedom and a treasure, she had already stolen the keys.