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Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest)

Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 2

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Two lifelong friends set off on a remarkable adventure in this animated feature. Azur (Rayan Mahjoub) is an orphaned boy living in 18th century France, where he's being raised by Jenane (Hiam Abbass), a nurse of Arab heritage who cares for the boy alongside her own son, Asmar (Abdelsselem Ben Amar). Jenane regales the boys with tales of the mysterious Fairy Djinn, a magical creature with great powers but equally great protectors at her disposal. Azur is sent away to school, but when he returns

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This is a unique effort that art film crowds and families will both be able to appreciate.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Azur has the DNA of a captivating bedtime story, not a sugar-high Saturday cartoon.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The tale of two brothers from childhood to manhood, it is rife with timeless storybook themes and offers an inspiring vision of harmony between different cultures, different people.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Gorgeous and mesmerizing, Azur & Asmar eschews computer-generated imagery to render a flat, storybook-style animation that never stops delighting with its ornamental detail, range of color and exotic story.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Is it too early to announce the most beautiful film of 2009? Two days into the new year, it's hard to imagine a more transporting cinematic experience coming our way than Azur & Asmar, an animated feature from the French writer-director Michel Ocel

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Combining cutouts with 3-D digital animation, Ocelot turns every frame of his film into a beautiful, dynamic page out of a picture book.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Magical tale about a French and Arab boy's adventures, but the sparkling artwork is dulled by the lackluster plot.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Like the best fairy tales, Ocelot's film takes a recognizable world and injects a sense of magic and wonder into it in service of creating a fable far bigger than the story in which it is contained.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

The result is not entirely seamless... but the filmmaker still uses plenty of long shots and landscapes that feature his traditional look and feel and movement.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Michel Ocelot's jewel-like fable unfolds in a once-upon-a-time version of medieval North Africa alive with vibrant colors and dazzling patterns.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

The film is full of out-there artistic decisions that don't quite pay off, it makes you feel like you're taking medicine without a spoonful of sugar.

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

It's a simple tale with magical imagery and a worthy message, but it's also alive with offbeat humor and witty observations of childhood behavior and adult suspicion.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

a multicultural masterwork that is sure to delight viewers of all ages

January 1, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Energy-wise, it would barely register a pulse in the world of Disney...but its straightforward storytelling and low-key humor are a relief from the reference-stuffed fever pitch that Hollywood animation delivers.

December 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

The backdrops and settings are ornate and stunningly, vividly colored, while the people are depicted with a two-dimensionality like that of a historical tapestry.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It has real charm: an old-fashioned looking movie, but with a heartfelt belief that, pace Kipling, east and west can and should meet.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Watchable, nicely animated fairytale with a commendable message about racial and religious tolerance but the script is perfunctory at best and the quest itself is disappointing.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A visual masterpiece that makes the most of its Islamic art influences.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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