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Kaena - The Prophecy (2004)

Kirsten Dunst , Anjelica Huston , Chris Delaporte , Pascal Pinon  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Anjelica Huston, Richard Harris, Cécile De France, Michael Lonsdale
  • Directors: Chris Delaporte, Pascal Pinon
  • Writers: Chris Delaporte, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Benjamin Legrand, Kenneth Oppel, Patrick Daher
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LJTF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kaena - The Prophecy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette
  • Virtual interview with Kaena

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Originally a computer-generated, animated feature presented in 3-D, the French-American Kaena: The Prophecy still looks eye-poppingly spectacular in a regular, two-dimensional format. The post-apocalyptic tale concerns an adventurous young woman, Kaena (voiced in English by Kirsten Dunst), who is a member of a race--one of many--that inhabit an enormous tree called the Axis, rising 100 miles from Earth's surface. While her people's leader, Opaz (Richard Harris), insists his tribe's sole purpose is collecting sap and honoring the gods who provide sustenance, Kaena is more interested in exploring. Signs that the Axis might be dying sends Kaena on a mission to find out why; along the way she encounters a slavemaster race, the Selenites, and their vicious queen (Anjelica Huston). Fantastic to look at, Kaena: The Prophecy is graphically dense, constantly moving, and truly inventive when it comes to designing creatures that appear equal parts vegetable and animal. --Tom Keogh

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Propelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious teenage girl, will defy her people's ancestral beliefs to take the journey beyond the clouds. This animated film features the voices of Kirsten DUnst, Richard Harris and Anjelica Huston.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW... a world that most people can't imagine October 23, 2004
By Ganesh
Format:DVD
This is one of the most interesting animated movies I've seen in 2004 (I bought it in Oct) and although it was released in 2002 I must say that I'm very very impressed with the work this French studio in Paris did. The story line is very well writen and the animation is as impressive as the one from Final Fantasy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Being the very first French CGI movie I have ever seen, I bought it knowing I should not have any expectations and to keep my mind open. After watching the movie, I felt refreshed and bored at the same time.

Focusing on a scientific plot, the world of Axis is the center for the story. Following the main character Kaena, the story envelops the themes of false truths, standing for what you believe in, and enveloping a free future. Obviously being used many times before, I thought this would be another modern repeat of eastern world views. I was actually very surprised by the story.

Featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst (Kaena), Keith David (Sap People), Richard Harris (Opaz), and Angelica Huston (The Queen), the voice emsamble delivers it very nicely. The emotions were definitley apparent but I could not help but think the voice acting of Kirsten Dunst was forced. There were times where it seemed she struggled to present Kaena's character and keep her voice in check.

Out of all the ensamble, Keith David's voice stands above all. Being a veteren voice actor from such cartoon series as Gargoyles, Keith David's exquisite voice brings the enemies to life in a fashion hard to master. You cannot help but hate the creatures presented in the movie because his voice acting is so good.

The animation of this movie was absolutley astonishing. It is of no question that a lot of work and time went into making this movie. Someone's heart and soul went into itty bitty details and it works. Graphically, I give it a standing ovation.

All in all, I would recommend this title to DVD/anime collectors. It is a nice addition and it does play the part for occassional viewings. If a sequel does show itself, I will buy it. "Kaena: The Prophecy" delivers a nice popcorn movie feel while somehow leaving you wanting more.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic and exciting! August 28, 2004
Format:DVD
Wal-Mart must have made a mistake on street date because I bought this on August 25th, oh well. I'm a big fan of CGI animation and this one delivers. I mean the textures of some of the characters are unreal it's like you can reach out and feel them. A very cool story and the voice talent was quite good. The only problem I found was some of the animation has slowdown almost like when playing a video game and there is too much going on on the screen. I highly reccomend it if you are a Sci-fi fan who likes animation.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Scepticism and religion collide head-on in this fantastic, perceptive computer-animated fantasy, a France-Canada co-production.

Originally shown in France in 3-D (and apparently initiated as a video game), the film pulls no punches in advocating science and reason over empty spiritualism in an age of unquestioning belief in things that cannot be proven or seen. It's staggering that such an approach can be taken in an animated feature aimed as much at young kids as it is at adults. One imagines such a film could only be made in a country that knows what sacrifices must be made in order to achieve any kind of true enlightenment. It's doubtful any American animators could have produced a project so willing to confront very importtant issues in a fantasy milieu.

The film is set in an otherworldly forest structure called Axis in which a human tribe virtually lives to harvest the sap of the trees to appease their Gods. Only one, an adventurous 17-year-old girl named Kaena (voiced by Kirsten Dunst/Cecile De France), dares to defy ancestral tradition (which is largely comprised of work and worship) to seek the truth when the gods declare their anger at the decreasing returns of the harvest and start threatening destruction. She knows something's not right, and eventually finds evidence (with the help of some creepy-cute evolved worms) that these Gods are nothing more than a malevolent but superior liquid race called Selenites (who themselves are being used by an even higher power), yet the tribal High Priest, who has unwittingly turned everyone into peons working for this much more sinister force, believes that every ill that befalls the tribe is a punishment from the gods and that only prayer will provided the answers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful "Kaena The Prophecy" DVD! August 15, 2009
Format:DVD
One of my all time favorite anime movies, Kaena The Prophecy is a tale of bravery, adventure, laughter and love. A young girl, Kaena, is determined to save her planet that is quickly dying. She's a tough young woman, determined and eloquent. She is an amazing role model for anime lovers of all ages. I watched it about a year ago for the first time at a friend's home, and am now a very proud and delighted owner. Will watch this movie over and over, plus can hardly wait to share it with my granddaughter, that will be fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Feast for the Eyes March 19, 2005
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This visually stunning sci-fi feature was produced in Paris by a team of game-developers, which probably explains the mixed reviews: Almost everone praises the realistic artwork, but many complain about character and plot, describing the latter as at best unimaginative and at worst confusing and dopey. If you want a clear, linear storyline with all the details neatly spelled out, this is not the movie for you. But if you're looking for sophisticated visuals and are willing to use your imagination to fill in some storyline gaps, I think you'll enjoy Kaena. I know I did.

I love good artwork, and here Kaena delivers. This is not the flat, black-outline art of many Japanese animes, rather it has fully 3-dimensional graphics, similar to that seen in Toy Story and Shrek. But forget all the big-eyed Japanese characters and the cutesy stuff Hollywood produces. The French animators have created a visually dense, rich, and vivid tapestry, with all the deep perspective and dramatic chiaroscuro found in the best of modern adult comics. The opening sequence is memorable - you fly like a bird dead on into an oncoming spacecraft that's in the process of breaking apart, travel through the center, then reverse perspective and pass out through the rear just as it blows up.

The plot is relatively simple: On an unknown planet called Axis, a mysterious globe contained in the wreckage of the doomed spacecraft has generated a massive branching organic tangle that extends 100 miles into the sky, almost but not quite touching a sister planet hovering nearby. In the midst of this tangle, just above the clouds, a primitive group of people dwells. Their lives consist of little more than harvesting sap from the great plant network and offering it to their gods, who provide them with sustenance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I never could figure out what this movie was about...
Watched it twice - I guess its just beyond my understanding.... I do not recommend this movie.... perhaps other people will like it...
Published 4 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaena
I liked the movie a lot. i want to see more like this. I'll watch it again. it shows how good always wins over evil & i like that.
Published 1 month ago by Lori L Staton
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
i loved it and i think everyone should get one because it is a very good product that works well
Published 1 month ago by Abraham yunis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !!
Amazing animation. Way more than expected. The storyline was thrilling, captivating and too short. I was totally enthralled. Wish there was a sequel to look forward to.
Published 10 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Excitement
Great adventure for both young and old. A futuristic fantasy mixed with the primitive lifestyle of the people unaware their lives are being governed even controlled by outside... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patrick G. Ivey
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Dystopia
This thing is a weird future dystopia. So what if the graphics look like a video game? The story reads well and the characters are fun. I really enjoyed it.
Published 11 months ago by Technophilos
4.0 out of 5 stars Kaena-The Prophecy
This movie was a very interesting film to watch.I first watched it on Startz and then went looking for it at Amazon.It came to me in new like condition. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mack Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
I loved it, I've watched it several times. My daughter has almost committed it to memory, which makes it a worth while purchase for me. :)
Published 15 months ago by Faith Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch CGI movie
The plot is good and the CGI is excellent. If you like CGI Sci-fi you'll like this one most likely. One day I think I'll buy it in Bluray and really get my monies worth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by canewalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible movie that will awaken your imagination!!!
There are very few movies out there that will expand your minds eye like this one, I highly recommend this as a MUST SEE!!!
Published 15 months ago by thetruth7
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