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March 17, 2016
Arjun: The Warrior Prince is perhaps the most worthy animation to have come out of India. Based on the mythical hero of Mahabharat (The Great Indian War)- Arjun, it tells the story in a unique fashion, narrated by the maid to a young prince while the Pandava warriors are in hidden exile. It is a fresh take on a story that has been told countless times to every Indian child. Even the visualisation is starkly different. As an Indian, I am quite proud of this one, and would implore everyone to see it.
½ July 16, 2015
Adapté de la mythologie indou , Arjun est un film d'animation d'origine indienne plutôt sympathique. Les quelques chansons dans le film ne sont par contre pas forcément intéressante et nuise légèrement au film
½ January 8, 2014
great movie,but the pacing in the end made it bad
December 31, 2013
First DVD watch of the year...not bad
November 8, 2013
One line summary: What should have been a stellar film is a technical and writing disaster.

I saw The Mahabharata (1989 live action film by Peter Brook), which I thoroughly enjoyed. This bad animation is nonsense in comparison.

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Arjun is a young noble in training to be a warrior.
Opportunities arise to show that the training took.
About half way into the film, the consistent message is "he is not ready."
Then through his inaction, his family's enemies burn down their compound.

Through a contest, followed by a lot of hard work, their fortunes are restored.
Then he is a king dispensing justice. I do not believe that.

Then he plays a crooked game of chance and loses everything, including his princess. Brilliant. He bets again, with banishment for 12 years being his wager. Great. The city that he and his family built is lost. Amazing incompetence. His bride tries to galvanize him. He travels to the region of the gods to gain something or another. An old decrepit man beats the living daylights out of him. That was pleasant. We later find that old man to be Shiva in disguise.

By the time he was attacked by the army of demons from all sides, I was rooting for the demons to kill this useless waste of skin. Unfortunately, he lives and is rewarded with a fine bow by the Gods themselves.

He and his few friends plot to rid themselves of the scum who cheated them out of so much. Their plans are overheard, even though the wily Krishna was supposedly helping them.

The film jump-shifts to the enemies of Arjun feinting to draw most of his allies away, then attacking the heart of the stronghold where he lives. Just finding them will bring down 12 more years of banishment. Again, just incredibly clever. There are 3 men to defend.

Arjun, dressed as a woman, comes out with the local prince, Yuvraj, perhaps 12 years of age. They find Arjun's real weapons, and the one-against-an-army fight begins. Even in this, Arjun demonstrates his incompetence. He should have been slain three times or so.

The invitation to a sequel is made at the end. May it not be so.

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Art/Animation: 2/10 The visuals do catch the eye, but not always in a good way. Too much of the action looks like the characters are on one layer, and the backgrounds on another. More than anything else, it looks like the 'flattening' of the layers for presentation was poorly thought out in terms of 3d light sources. The characters look disassociated for that reason. The backgrounds look great as backgrounds, while the character images look (barely) competent; the flattened final product, on the other hand, looks fake. The characters are often simplistic, rigid, and moving in odd ways as well as being ill-lit. This was a huge let down, an ongoing irritation that just never goes away. Clearly a great deal of effort was expended on the backgrounds. It is too bad that similar effort was not spent on making sure the final rendering did not throw that all away.

Sound: 8/10 OK. Loved the singing in the closing credits.

Screenplay: 2/10 The narration seems jumpy, and short on exposition. The Arjun character, the centre of the story, is just not believable as a hero, not believable as a king, not believable as an inspirational warrior capable of turning the tide of war. The camaraderie between Arjun and Krishna I was expecting seemed almost absent. The scene where Arjun shoots the golden fish is anti-climactic because there is less than zero motivation for it. He is portrayed repeatedly as a foul-up, a child, someone incapable of protecting his own. Then he does this mighty deed requiring great skill and huge strength? Are we viewers all supposed to be idiots who accept anything? The centre of the action remains re-enforcing the strongly etched image of Arjun's worthlessness up to about 70 minutes into the film. The last 24 minutes did not change that image.
½ September 15, 2013
"A dazzling adventure." Cool CGI, especially the shadows and shading.
June 28, 2013
Animation is pretty nice & story is something that we haven't heard of even though we know a lot about Mahabharata. But it is just an average film. Though sound design were fabulous.
½ April 3, 2013
The reason why this movie is good is because of its Voiceover. Unlike other Bollywood movie, it does not have parodies of remarkable characters which sounds silly and idiotic.
March 29, 2013
Beautiful and Colorful Animation, Catch Music, Interesting Story as it told the story before the final battle of Mahabharata . A great step forward for Indian Animation Industry.
½ January 5, 2013
Enjoyable cartoon on the classic Indian myth.
December 9, 2012
Awesome retelling, beautifully animated and rendered. So much potential.
½ October 24, 2012
Amazing animation for an Indian production. Exceeds most American ones as well. The story is a bit warped though
August 29, 2012
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August 22, 2012
good animation on the life of Arjun's life (from Mahabharat)
½ August 19, 2012
Probably the best animated movie to come out of India until now.
August 7, 2012
Nice foreign film animation. Very well done.
½ July 28, 2012
animation could have been better given disney has put its name behind it. The story was good but I expected a bit more and a better dramatic conclusion to the ending of the storytelling.
July 19, 2012
The storytelling is that of epic stories in all their boldness, so, if you arr not mythically inclined, you may judge it stiff. I amm all in for legendary journeys, and appreciate the struggle of Arjun against his filthy parents even only for his genuine, glorious, funky hindi-ness. Disny gone exotic.
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