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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.
I liked it. I like films made about Egypt in the era of the ancient kings and queens.Published 1 day ago by Olga Pagan
Please know that I am writing this review as Christian who has studied Old testament history and an adult enjoys biblical fiction. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tammy King
Great movie. I had it as a VCR tape and had to have it as a DVD. I wish DreamWorks would make more Bible based movies.Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
My husband and I found it interesting enough (huge fans of Dreamworks), but our boys refused to even finish the movie. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really cute show and was done really well. The music is great in it and it absolutely captivates my 4 kids.Published 7 days ago by Strikerzs
The movie was exactly as described in the posting. It plays great. My kids love it.Published 7 days ago by Michelle
Great movie for young and old alike. I highly recommend this movie for families.Published 8 days ago by Kathe Ryan
One of my favorite movies as a child, and I love it still to this day!Published 10 days ago by Cait