Genre Grandeur – The Prince of Egypt (1998) – MovieRob – Encore Review 2


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s here’s a review of The Prince of Egypt (1998) by me.

Thanks again to Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Jason Soto of The Rabbit Hole Podcasts and we will be reviewing our favorite Comedies that feature characters who are either Stoners or Drunk.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to stonerjason@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jason!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“Moses, hear what I say. I have been a slave all my life. And God has never answered my prayers until now. God saved you from the river, He saved you in all your wanderings, and even now, He saves you from the wrath of Pharaoh. God will not abandon you. So don’t you abandon us.” – Miriam

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater opening night 1998, video, DVD, 14 Jan 2015, 26 May 2020 and 30 Dec 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A Hebrew slave brought up in the palace of the Pharaoh, learns of his identity and tries to save his people from bondage.

My Take on it – This is such an amazing version of the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Dreamworks chose well by making this their very first animated film and it is so breathtaking to watch because of the superb animation style along with such a powerful story.

The film manages to integrate some very profound songs into the story without cheapening things or making it all feel watered down at all.

The songs – When you Believe and Through heaven’s Eyes are my two favorites, but they all resonate so well throughout.

The voice cast is superb with Val Kilmer doing an amazing job as Moses.

Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfieffer, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart all add so much to the weight of this story.

The decision to make this story all about a personal identity crisis is amazing and adds a whole new layer to this story which is already quite poignant in itself.

The animation is superb to look at and helps make things feel even more realistic the whole way through.

This film opened the door for Dreamworks animation and quickly showed that even if you aren’t working for the juggernaut in the field you can still bring something quite profound and powerful that will resonate with viewers; young and old alike.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The four-minute parting of the Red Sea sequence took ten animators two years to complete. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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