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Enchanting quest tale,
This review is from: Azur and Asmar - The Princes Quest [DVD]  (DVD)
I saw reviews for this, but it never came to my cinema so I grabbed the DVD when it became available, and was totally bowled over by it. I'll get my gripe over first in that some of the 3D animation is not that great. The two fairies at the beginning of the film who cast a spell over the two children are not well done at all, and I nearly gave up there, but I'm glad I continued. If you can accept that you are not going to get Shrek levels of computer animation, then there is much more to amaze and enjoy. The standard of the backrounds is extraordinary - the opening scenes in Azur's home are like medieval illuminations with the most beautiful colours and attention to detail. Jenane's house is a most beautiful creation of tiles and gardens, and Princess Chamsous Sabah's palace has to be seen to be believed.
Characterisations are very good, and the women are particularly strong especially Jenane, and Princess Chamsous Sabah - she is a total delight and virtually steals the film.
Where the animation does work at is best is at the most traditional which plays to Michel Ocelot's strengths. Azur and Chamsous Sabah climbing a tree to watch the city at night is truly beautiful. The quest at the end is well done with a great lion and bird, and the whole story has a great moral lesson to teach, but not in a preachy way. Watch and be dazzled!!!