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Azur & Asmar: the Princes' Quest

Azur & Asmar: the Princes' Quest

Michel Ocelot, George Roubicek (2006)

98min
U Certificate
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French animator Michel Ocelot departs from the stylised West African designs of Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) and Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) in this stunning Arabian Nights-inspired tale. It tells the story of childhood friends who are separated when Asmar's nursemaid mother is banished from court by Azur's widowed father and later come together to search for the imprisoned Djinn Fairy. Ocelot's use of colour is particularly dazzling, however, the beauty of the CGI graphics owes as much to medieval and Islamic art as to the cut-out techniques of the great German silhouettist Lotte Reiniger. But this is not just a gorgeous fairy tale, as Ocelot also sprinkles the action with wise words about racial and religious tolerance and the equality of the sexes.

Summary

An orphan is raised by his best friend's mother, who regales both boys with tales of the Djinn-fairy, a legendary creature with magical powers. As an adult, he travels the world in search of the Djinn-fairy, only to find his friend is now a bitter rival on the same quest. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Cyril Mourali and Karim M'Riba. In Arabic and French.

Cast & Crew

Azur Steven Kyman
Asmar Nigel Pilkington
Jenane Suzanna Nour
Crapoux Nigel Lambert
Azur as a child Leopold Benedict
Asmar as a child Freddie Benedict
Princess Chamsous Sabah Imogen Bailey
The Djinn Fairy Emma Tate
The Elf Fairy Suzanne David
Wise man Yadoa Sean Barrett
Director Michel Ocelot
Director George Roubicek
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Soda Pictures Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 8 Feb 2008

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