The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79% IMDB Rating: 6.8
AMR Rating: Absolutely Worth Watching!

Synopsis: Based on the urban legend that the Grand Duchess Anastasia is still alive after the Russian Revolution, Fox Animation Studios provides a family-friendly film that details her adventures in finding her grandmother in Paris foiling the evil sorcerer Rasputin.

Review: Not very funny or emotional for the audience, this film won’t draw you in. You just see Moses feel liberated on the screen, and know that you’re watching a tearjerker moment, but you’re totally aware that the screen is there and your eyes remain dry. However, after watching one would definitely understand Moses and his family better as people (and not just Bible figures), especially with the song “All I Ever Wanted,” and Miriam singing for her brother. This is a great achievement because it piques people’s interest in the Bible. People will want to learn more and research, and it’s great to understand religion, whatever one believes. Yet speaking of songs…

What blows your mind in this film is the art part. This film has great music. I practically loved every song- so much that I even made a music video for “When You Believe.” However, music isn’t all. The scenes are beautiful. As the Moses rides the chariot with his “brother, as the Hebrews cross the Red Sea, I just gaped in awe at the epic music and visuals. The scenes, the angles, the soundtrack and the muted colors complement it all. The art simply ties together so beautifully. Even the characters are designed well; Moses’ chiseled face shows strength.

A passionate depiction of Moses’ journey, The Prince of Egypt is Absolutely Worth Watching!

Background: This is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus. The film was nominated for best Original Musical or Comedy Score and won for Best Original Song at the 1999 Academy Awards for “When You Believe”. The song, co-written by Stephen Schwartz, Hans Zimmer and with additional production by Babyface, was nominated for Best Original Song (in a Motion Picture) at the 1999 Golden Globes, and was also nominated for Outstanding Performance of a Song for a Feature Film at theALMA Awards. (Source)

The film was released in theaters on December 18, 1998, and on home video on September 14, 1999. The film went on to gross $218,613,188 worldwide in theaters, making it the second animated feature not released by Disney to gross over $100 million in the U.S. after Paramount/Nickelodeon’s The Rugrats MovieThe Prince of Egypt became the top grossing non-Disney animated film until 2000 when it was out-grossed by the stop motion film Chicken Run (another DreamWorks film). The film also remained the highest grossing traditionally-animated non-Disney film until 2007, when it was out-grossed by The Simpsons Movie. (Source)


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