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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
Moses is forced to choose between the life he knows as a prince in Egypt and the life of his people, the Hebrews.
If you are not, like me, you will appreciate beautiful animation, music, characters, and a truly heartwarming story about human nature and the spirit of life.
The Prince of Egypt is an excellently animated movie from Dreamworks, with great storytelling and characters and usually very good music.
Entertaining but so far from the text of the Bible it is apostate, God gets no glory in this movie, I would not recommend it to anyone.Published 8 days ago by Teresa D. Bird
Although this movie is interesting and very heartfelt, doors not follow the bible. Moses was not picked and raised by Pharoahs wife. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kammie Caye Boettler
The Prince of Egypt is an epic animated musical and an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and follows the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Desertman84
I love love love this movie!! I used to watch it all the time when I was little and I still do on Netflix! Read morePublished 20 days ago by EvFan17
This cartoon I keep with my top favorite movies. I cry when Moses cries at the end of the Ten Plagues.Published 27 days ago by GlobeDancer