The Prince of Egypt (1998)

(Netflix Streaming, July 2015)  The story of Moses isn’t exactly unknown, so seeing an animate film take it on seems a bit superfluous.  But in the hands of Dreamworks Animation (then a brand-new studio with something to prove), The Prince of Egypt ends up being a lively, even exciting presentation of a familiar story.  The integration of traditional animation with computer-generated imagery is a bit dodgy (as is the case for most animated films of that time), but the animation itself is usually solid.  The songs are fine, the characters make an epic story somewhat approachable and the expected high points (the plagues and the parting of the red sea, obviously) are indeed highlights of the film.  The prince of Egypt, even more than fifteen years later, compares favorably to the far more technically polished Exodus: Gods and Kings. 

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