The Prince of Egypt (1998)

“Let my people go!”

That line is ironically delivered by Charlton Heston in the epic film The Ten Commandments. However, it is also delivered extremely effectively by Val Kilmer in the animated version of the same story.

The Story of Exodus is retold in DreamWorks Animation’s masterpiece, The Prince of Egypt.

This is the story of two brothers, Rameses (Ralph Fiennes) and Moses (Val Kilmer), one brother full royal blood, one discovered on the Nile and adopted by the Egyptian Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart). Raised together as full brothers, Moses discovered his true past, leading to everything changing.

The story has been told countless times in all kinds of formats. This animated movie made it into a musical, with songs that were very Broadway-like in sound and execution. While there is not any song in the soundtrack that is one to sing along with, the original music sounds great in context with the story.

The animation is breathtakingly gorgeous. It varied the style of animation, much like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse would do almost 20 years later. The scene of Moses parting the Red Sea is one of the greatest animated sequences I have ever seen. Stunning.

The voice cast is top notch as well. Along with Fiennes, Kilmer, Stewart, there was Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Helen Mirren, James Avery and Amick Byram.

I have to say that the film really shows the pain of what God did to the Egyptians to get Rameses to free the Hebrews. I found this very disturbing, especially the killing of the first born children. I found the entire plagues and death that comes from this uncomfortable. The first born children being killed was sad because they were totally innocents.

A fantastic version of the “greatest story ever told.” Some of the greatest animation that you will ever see.

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