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The Prince Of Egypt (1998) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film The Prince Of Egypt

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  • DreamWorks SKG
  • Animated Characters: God, Moses, Rameses, Tzipporah, Miriam, Aaron, Jethro, Pharaoh Seti I, Queen, Hotep, Huy, Yocheved.
  • Awards: Academy Award, Best Music, Original Song, Stephen Schwartz, For the Song "When You Believe," 1999.
    Nominee, Academy Award, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score, Stephen Schwartz (Music/Lyrics) and Hans Zimmer (Orchestral Score), 1999.
    Golden Globe Award Nominee, Best Original Score, Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer, 1999.
    Golden Globe Award Nominee, Best Original Song, "When You Believe," Music and Lyrics, Stephen Schwartz, 1999.
    Nominee, Annie Award, Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature, 1999.
    Nominee, Annie Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells, 1999.
    Nominee, Annie Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Effects Animation, Jamie Lloyd, 1999.
    Nominee, Annie Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, Lorna Cook, 1999.
    Nominee, Annie Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production, Ralph Fiennes, For Playing "Rameses," 1999.
    Nominee, Grammy Award, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, Stephen Schwartz and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, For the Song "The Prince Of Egypt (When You Believe)," 2000.
    Nominee, Grammy Award, Best Soundtrack Album, 2000.
    Critics Choice Award, Best Animated Film, Tied With "A Bug's Life," 1999.
    Critics Choice Award, Best Song, For the Song "When You Believe," 1999.
    Young Artist Award, Best Family Feature - Animated, 1999.
    Young Artist Award, Best Performance in a Voice Over in a Feature or TV - Best Young Actress, Aria Noelle Curzon, 1999.
    Nominee, Online Film Critics Society Award, Best Original Score, Hans Zimmer, 1999.
    Nominee, Saturn Award, Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, 1999.
    Nominee, Saturn Award, Best Music, Hans Zimmer, 1999.
    Nominee, Golden Reel Award, Best Sound Editing - Animated Feature, 1999.
    Nominee, Golden Reel Award, Best Sound Editing - Music - Animated Feature, 1999.
    Nominee, Golden Satellite Award, Best Motion Picture - Animated or Mixed Media, Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins, 1999.
    Nominee, Golden Satellite Award, Best Original Song in a Motion Picture, Stephen Schwartz, For the Song "When You Believe," 1999.
    Nominee, ALMA Award, Outstanding Performance of a Song for a Feature Film, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, For the Song "When You Believe," 1999.
    ASCAP Award, Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures, Stephen Schwartz and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, For the Song "When You Believe," 2000.
    Nominee, Blockbuster Entertainment Award, Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only), Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, For the Song "When You Believe," 2000
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  • Originally Released in 1998.
  • Running Time: 97 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Production Information:


Production costs totaled $60 million, making it the most expensive animated film up to the time of its release. It took in a total of $101.3 million, including $14.5 million over its first three days.

"The Prince of Egypt" was four years in production, and 350 animators and artists were hired for the project.

The film includes 1,192 special effects. It took an estimated 350,000 hours to complete just one of these: the miracle of the Red Sea, which, in the movie, lasts four minutes.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

Commentary:


The Prince of Egypt heralds itself as an alternative to typical cartoon fare, but its approach to Biblical storytelling is about as groundbreaking as Cecil B. DeMille's. Did the 600 Biblical scholars who vouched for the movie's authenticity not notice that one of its songs is titled "You're Playing with the Big Boys Now"?

The movie's makers are so attuned to box-office potential that their Biblical characters are about as individual as the One Hundred and One Dalmatians. They all sport overly expressive eyes, as though they'd just stepped out of a Keane oil painting. They're voiced by big-name stars who contribute only a mood-killing sense of modernism. (Jeff Goldblum and Sandra Bullock as ancient Hebrews? Why not go all the way and cast Woody Allen?) And as with DeMille's Biblical epics, here it's the big action sequences, not the characters, that make the most impression. (The sibling rivalry between Moses and his princely half-brother Ramses is introduced in a carriage race that owes less to Ben-Hur than to the dueling-Ferraris scene in Against All Odds.)

You'd think that a story like Moses'- involving royalty, slavery, hubris, and unwavering faith- would provide enough drama on its own. But the movie's plotting owes far less to the Bible than to successful Disney formulas. Moses' feisty wife Tzipporah (Michelle Pfeiffer!) is obviously patterned after the sultry Esmeralda of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And Stephen Schwartz's musical numbers are hollow echoes of his recent Disney work; the "Big Boys" song is only a few notes away from his "Savages" tune in Pocahontas.

Moses, in particular, comes off as a Disney-fied cartoon hero. When he asks God why he is the "chosen one" for his people, the moment has no more gravity than John Denver asking the same question of George Burns in Oh, God! It doesn't help that Moses is voiced by Val Kilmer, who plays a Hebrew Everyman with all the conviction of his dreary disguises in The Saint.

In an interview to promote this movie, Kilmer glibly remarked that the movie's makers were going for "that sacred thing," as though faith in God was only another element to sell the movie. By pandering to the same audiences that lap up more secular cartoons, everyone involved comes off looking like Ramses, building an outrageous monument to themselves.

Review By: Steve Bailey



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This was a film of breathtaking scope and originality. The storytelling was amazing and sequences like Moses' dream and the ten plagues were outstanding. DreamWorks took a big risk on this film and IT IS TRULY INCREDIBLE. Well, the lack of humor...  (read more)

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This is a good production by Dreamworks, but not a memorable one. Even though the animation was superb, the approach of the movie in biblical storytelling deprived the film of the essential feature of humour. Most of this kind of productions depend their...  (read more)

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The movie was cool... but I really have to give it up to Whitney Houston for singing "When You Believe" that women can sing like an angel.

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