The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Moses (right) places his staffin the water from "The Prince of Egypt"

DreamWorks Animation is known for excellent 3d films like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, but audiences should take notice of their spectacular 2d animated classics as well. The Prince of Egypt is a dazzling adaptation of the story of Moses from the Book of Exodus. Viewers familiar with the cinematic classic, The Ten Commandments, will be pleased to see this version which gives us a close look into the kinship between Moses and his foster brother, Rameses II. This film has a rich soundtrack and could be considered a musical for the most part, yet the songs work well within the plot and the orchestration is a superb enhancement to the film’s action.

 The story tells of how Moses (voice of Val Kilmer) and his brother, Rameses II (voice of  Ralph Fiennes) grow up as Princes in the Land of Pharoahs. Most people know this tale from the Bible and though DreamWorks does take some artistic liberty, they manage to retell this classic story using vivid backgrounds that come to life with song and dance, stunning visual effects and one of the best sound scores I’ve heard for an animated film.

 Be warned that very small children may become frightened with some parts of this movie. There is a particular scene depicting children being thrown into the Nile where crocodiles eat them that is a bit disturbing for toddlers. Overall I would have to say this movie is an excellent choice for anyone to view, regardless of religious beliefs. A variety of stellar voices add to the cast, such as Patrick Stewart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock and Steve Martin to mention a few. Here’s hoping that DreamWorks decides to continue to produce more 2d classics like The Prince of Egypt.


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