Animation Heads: The Prince of Egypt
February 20, 2022
Hey folks, Jackson, Kyle, and Anthony here. And we’re the animation heads! Today we’ll give you our thoughts on The Prince of Egypt.
The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 animated film. The first feature film from DreamWorks to be traditionally animated, it is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus. The film was released in theaters on December 18, 1998, and on home video on September 14, 1999. The film grossed $218 million worldwide in theaters, which made it the most successful non-Disney animated feature at the time. The film’s success led to the direct-to-video prequel and spin-off Joseph: King of Dreams (2000), and a stage musical adaptation which opened in London’s West End in 2020. It won Best Original Song, with “When You Believe”, and was nominated for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score at the 71st Academy Awards.
In this animated retelling of the Book of Exodus, Egyptian Prince Moses (Val Kilmer), upon discovering his roots as a Jewish slave, embarks on a quest to free his people from bondage. When his plea is denied by his brother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes), the new pharaoh, a series of horrific plagues strike Egypt. Moses finally leads the Israelites to freedom by parting the Red Sea and drowning the Egyptian army. God then gives Moses the Ten Commandments, a list of rules for his people to live by.
Dreamworks’ “Prince of Egypt” is an animated film that truly speaks for itself. a testament to the ideals of destiny, brotherhood, conviction, and faith, “Prince of Egypt ” is truly like no other film. From a powerful soundtrack from Hanz Zimmer to the eye-candy animation that holds a standard like no other, to the simple creative retelling of Exodus. A true masterpiece like no other.
A phenomenal piece with beautiful animation and an amazing soundtrack to match. Wonderfully written character Chemistry.
This is truly one of those movies that gets better and better with every viewing. It has the whole package. First, there is an engaging story that not only stays faithful to the original biblical narrative but also gives it an extra layer of caring to stand on its own. Every moment feels grand and epic at the right moments. And the musical score totally helps with this. The songs are big, memorable, and fits perfectly with each scene. “When You Believe” won best song, and it was accompanied by other greats like “Deliver Us” and “Let My People Go”. I’ve gone on YouTube several times just to listen to the song. The animation is just as wonderful. With flowing colors, amazing facial expressions, and immersive backgrounds, the film looks just as grand as it feels. Lastly, the characters are treated with great care. Each one has a well-defined arc and feels like real people. You feel for Moses when he goes through all of the stages of deliverance. Also, this movie has an all star voice cast and takes full advantage of it. In particular, Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes gave wonderful performances as Moses and Ramses respectively. The film really plays to the sibling dynamic between the two leads, making their conflict that much more dramatic. Overall, this is a complete for the entire family. Watch it around Easter and throughout the rest of the calendar year!