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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
Imogen Bailey
as Princess Chamsous Sabah
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
Olivier Claverie
as Wis Man Yoda
Jacques Pater
as The Father
Tayeb Belmihoub
as additional voice
Frank 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
Myriam Tekaïa
as additional voice
Djemal Touidjine
as additional voice
Hichem Yacoubi
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.

March 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

February 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3.5/4

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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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…

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