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Both an epic adventure and a milestone in cinematic achievement, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT tells the extraordinary tale of two brothers - one born of royal blood, the other an orphan with a secret past.
Nearly every biblical film is ambitious, creating pictures to go with some of the most famous and sacred stories in the Western world. DreamWorks' first animated film, The Prince of Egypt was the vision of executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg after his ugly split from Disney, where he had been acknowledged as a key architect in that studio's rebirth (The Little Mermaid, etc.). His first film for the company he helped create was a huge, challenging project without a single toy or merchandising tie-in, the backbone du jour of family entertainment in the 1990s.
Three directors and 16 writers succeed in carrying out much of Katzenberg's vision. The linear story of Moses is crisply told, and the look of the film is stunning; indeed, no animated film has looked so ready to be placed in the Louvre since Fantasia. Here is an Egypt alive with energetic bustle and pristine buildings. Born a slave and set adrift in the river, Moses (voiced by Val Kilmer) is raised as the son of Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart) and is a fitting rival for his stepbrother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes). When he learns of his roots--in a knockout sequence in which hieroglyphics come alive--he flees to the desert, where he finds his roots and heeds God's calling to free the slaves from Egypt.
Katzenberg and his artists are careful to tread lightly on religious boundaries. The film stops at the parting of the Red Sea, only showing the Ten Commandments--without commentary--as the film's coda. Music is a big part (there were three CDs released) and Hans Zimmer's score and Stephen Schwartz's songs work well--in fact the pop-ready, Oscar-winning "When You Believe" is one of the weakest songs. Kids ages 5 and up should be able to handle the referenced violence; the film doesn't shy away from what Egyptians did to their slaves. Perhaps Katzenberg could have aimed lower and made a more successful animated film, but then again, what's a heaven for? --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The animation is top notch, a mixture of both CGI and hand-drawn, whilst the characters all have a beautifully chiselled design I have come to know and love from Dreamworks animation. The voice actors all do a top-notch job and I can say there is not one song in this film that I don't adore! All the songs and music just fit perfectly.
I first saw this film when I was about ten years old, a year or so after it came out and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, as an older teen, I still do and can see no reason why other children or adults wouldn't. Perhaps younger children under the age of eight might find the graphical interpretation of the plagues distressing but as a ten year old I certainly didn't and doubt I would have had I been even younger.
Perhaps what I find most attractive about this film is the fact that although it depicts a religious story, it in no way screams for the watcher to either believe or disbelieve the story it portrays, instead it merely points them to the book of Exodus if they want to read it for themselves.
Whatever your beliefs this is a fantastic film all round.
Speaking as someone who lives on a wish rather than a prayer and stacks her copy of the Bible and the Tanakh on the same shelf as Grimm, Anderson, Kipling and Aesop, I didn't find The Prince of Egypt at all bias or preachy. There obviously had to be references to faith and God, but there was nothing that suggested all audience members should believe in a specific entity or that anyone followed the 'wrong' faith. Instead of presenting religious conflict, it was moral conflict - i.e. leading slaves to freedom.
It is rated 'U' but, in my opinion, it really stretches the limits. The plague scene in particular is quite graphic and the beginning scene where you see how badly the slaves are being treated and the killing of the babies is really quite heart-wrenching - something the written texts never quite capture.
While a fair amount of artistic licence has been taken, the actual events from Moses being cast adrift in the river to his leading the Hebrews to their own land are accurate enough to tell the story. The characters were all brought beautifully to life with qualities and flaws, emotions and feelings and, being able to relate with them was quite surprising, but very well done.Read more ›
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Arrived within a few days, great service. Such a great movie for kids and adults! Product new and in perfect working order. Great Price too!Published 4 months ago by Sunny-T
The DVD was delivered on time (on a Sunday may I add) the DVD itself is a classic and although being available on Netflix, there is nothing like having the hard copy to hand.Published 5 months ago by laura webster
Really well reccomend this film if you are reading the bible. If not then it will be ok.Published 7 months ago by Chloe Louise Toft