Beautiful & thoughtful animation,
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This review is from: Azur and Asmar - The Princes Quest [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a visually stunning animation fairytale with a positive message for about love, honour and loyalty, belonging, identity and living harmoniously together. I watched this fairytale with my 7 and 12 yr old daughters and we were all enthralled. Enough suspense to keep my eldest's attention but no real scary or riskee bits to haunt either of their sleeps. Intricate detail and beautiful scenes, with a distinct aesthetic - that may seem slightly stilted if compared to the bubbly smoothness of disney or dreamworks sophistication - its more like a richly illustrated picture book. But neither is it stereotyped, there is a dark beauty and depth to the story's matriach, the hero is guided and helped by a social/cultural outcast and the djinn fairy is no know-it-all but draws counsel from all the characters to allow a fair and wise judgement and outcome to unfold. The animation has a quality of its own and creates its own world - a different, beautiful and thoughtful animation.