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

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

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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 home as a grown man (now voiced by Cyril Mourali), he finds Jenane and Asmar have gone. Convinced the Fairy Djinn is responsible, Azur hops a ride aboard a sailing ship and sets out to find the Djinn as well as his friends. However, in time Azur meets up with Asmar (now voiced by Karim M'Ribah) only to discover he and his mother are also searching for the powerful Djinn for their own purposes. Now that his best friend has become a competitor in the race to find the Djinn, Azur recruits a team of helpers to aid him as he tries to beat Asmar in their game. Azur and Asmar received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Cast

Leopold Benedict
as Azur as a Child
Freddie Benedict
as Asmar as a Child
Emma Tate
as The Djinn Fairy
Suzanne David
as The Elf Fairy
Sean Barrett
as Wise Man Yoda
Keith Wickham
as The Father
Cyril Mourali
as Older Azur
Rayan Mahjoub
as Younger Azur
Abdelsselem Ben Amar
as Younger Asmar
Karim M'Ribah
as Older Asmar
Fatma Ben Khell
as Princess Chamsous Sabah
Tissa Bensalah D'Avila
as The Djinn Fairy
Sofia Boutella
as The Elf Fairy
Jacques Pater
as The Father
Tayeb Belmihoub
as additional voice
Franck-Olivier Bonnet
as additional voice
Carlos Chahime
as additional voice
Mohamed Damraoui
as additional voice
Michel Elias
as additional voice
Bouchra En Nasser
as additional voice
Nicolas Lormeau
as additional voice
Tassadite Mandi
as additional voice
Sonia Mankaï
as additional voice
Hamid Nasser
as additional voice
Mohamed Ourdache
as additional voice
Al Pariente
as additional voice
Lahcen Razzougui
as additional voice
Hichem Rostom
as additional voice
Mahmoud Said
as additional voice
Djemal Touidjine
as additional voice
Omar Yami
as additional voice
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Critic Reviews for Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

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

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Azur has the DNA of a captivating bedtime story, not a sugar-high Saturday cartoon.

Full Review… | February 19, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 2, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Combining cutouts with 3-D digital animation, Ocelot turns every frame of his film into a beautiful, dynamic page out of a picture book.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest)

½

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

Not really something I'd normally have a kid watch. Mostly cuz I don't think most kids would be into watching a movie with subtitles for part of it. Not to mention I don't want to see a woman breast feeding, even if it's not real.

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig
½

This is one of the most beautifully animated films that I have seen in a long time. The story has a lovely (and simple) message about harmony and friendship. The narrative style takes a little time to get used to; it is sort of episodic. Oddly enough, my favorite characters were not Azur & Asmar, but rather Jenane, their nurse/mother, and the feisty little princess Chamsous Sabah. I loved the ending, finding it charming and worthwhile. For those who enjoy animation as well as fairy tales, I highly recommend watching this. I wish that the DVD had some extras about the making of the film or the inspiration for the original script. However, I'm happy enough that the movie finally got a U.S. release.

Sharon Weinberg
Sharon Weinberg

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