Azur & Asmar: the Princes' Quest

  • U
  • Michel Ocelot, George Roubicek (2006)
  • Sp / It / Bel / Fr
  • 98 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and crew


Steven Kyman
Nigel Pilkington
Suzanna Nour
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


Michel Ocelot
George Roubicek

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Soda Pictures
Available on DVD
Released 8 Feb 2008
Certificate U
Soda Pictures Ltd