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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest


We've been delighted here at Chez Darwin by Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest. It's the story of two boys, brown and white, raised as brothers on tales of the captive Djinn Fairy, then cruelly separated by Azur's coldly aristocratic father. When they grow up, each vows to rescue and marry the fairy himself. There are voyages, scoundrels, magic keys, and the most enchanting princess I've seen on screen in ages. You can watch it in the original French and Arabic, but we chose English (the Arabic is subtitled, not dubbed, which the non-reading three-year-old didn't seems to mind).

The animation style is almost completely unrelated to the Disney and Pixar stuff we've become accustomed to. It's flat and bright and highly textured and gorgeous. There are intricately patterned Arabic backgrounds that are so hypnotic and dazzling that it takes a moment to adjust the eyes. And there are NO SASSY TALKING ANIMALS. Need I say more?

Note to parents: you might balk, but here we were quite pleased that the first shot of the movie was the Arabic servant quite obviously breast-feeding first one, and then the other boy.

3 comments:

Jenny said...

No Sassy Animals? Is that possible? I didn't think that was allowed anymore. I am inclined to watch just on that bit alone.

Melanie B said...

I'm with Jenny. No talking animals is enough to make me want to go out and watch it.

christopher said...

On your rec, I'll go to blockbuster tomorrow (although you've got me skeptical after the zombie post...)