Azur & Asmar (U)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>5</span>/5
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Time Out says

Mon Feb 4 2008

This traditionally animated film from the director of ‘Kirikou and the Sorceress’ breathes new life into a dying art. Trouble is, it remains to be seen how most kids will take to such a languorously paced film.

‘The Princes’ Quest’ is a wondrous, if overly simplified, spin on the ‘Arabian Nights’ series of Middle Eastern stories that centres on two competitive boys from different backgrounds: Azur is the blonde, blue-eyed son of a nobleman, while olive-skinned Asmar is of Arabian descent and the son of Azur’s nanny, Jenane. She reads them stories about the incarcerated Djinn fairy and they become so besotted with the tale that, years later, they compete in a quest to rescue the legendary pixie.

But which lad will get there first? Michel Ocelot’s enchanting parable is admirable in the way it tackles the concepts of prejudice, respect and tolerance, but it’s the vivid quality of the inspired, enchanced silhouette animation that leaves the most lasting impression.
Splendid stuff.

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Rated:

U

UK release:

Thu Feb 1, 2007

Cast and crew

Director:

Michel Ocelot

Screenwriter:

Michel Ocelot

Voices:

Steven Kynman, Nigel Pilkington, Suzanna Nour, Nigel Lambert

Music:

Gabriel Yared

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Eric Schnedecker

... not to mention the sound score written by Gabriel Yared. It is beautifully brilliant. It's one the most gorgeous animated movie ever and very intelligent at the same time. A classic tale to delight and instruct.

Eric Schnedecker

... not to mention the sound score written by Gabriel Yared. It is beautifully brilliant. It's one the most gorgeous animated movie ever and very intelligent at the same time. A classic tale to delight and instruct.

marie

As good as Kirikou! A film about tolerance, with great values. It's not only for children!

marie

As good as Kirikou! A film about tolerance, with great values. It's not only for children!

Graham

My son, aged 4, was transfixed. Yes at times he fidgeted. And at times he insisted on having one too many chewy sweets but he came away wanting to see it again on DVD (though a small screen won't do the animation justice.)

Graham

My son, aged 4, was transfixed. Yes at times he fidgeted. And at times he insisted on having one too many chewy sweets but he came away wanting to see it again on DVD (though a small screen won't do the animation justice.)