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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Prince of Egypt

Dreamworks matches Disney in animation

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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December 28, 1998 -- Disney has been king of the animated feature since the company invented the genre, but a new studio, Dreamworks, has shown that it too, has mastered the genre with its new release, "Prince of Egypt."

Glorious artwork, stirring music and a compact story line make this film a winner. As has become the custom in recent years, some of the voices for the main characters are done by well-known actors. Val Kilmer does the voice of Moses and God, Ralph Fiennes does the voice of Ramses, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Martin Short and Steve Martin round out the notable voices list.

This particular film takes a different approach to the story in that it concentrates on the relationship between the two brothers, Moses and Ramses, and on the relationship between Ramses and his father. It attempts to explain Ramses' stubbornness in releasing the Jews by indicating he was trying to live up to his father's expectations.

The artwork is very well done, especially the plagues and the final escape of the Hebrews across the Red Sea. There are some showy camera angle shots in which the angle from which the scene is viewed changes as if a camera were being lifted ever higher above the ancient Egyptian landscape. It is pretty heady stuff. The story is interesting a flows along pretty well to its conclusion. This film rates a B.

Click here for links to places to buy this movie in video and/or DVD format, the soundtrack, books, even used videos, games and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

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Copyright © 1998 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder.
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