When You Believe

The Prince of Egypt is a bit of an oddity in animation history. It was the first of two movies released by Dreamworks animation. Establishing themselves as a true rival for Disney. The Prince of Egypt was one of the first non-Disney movies to gross over $100 million and it was the highest grossing traditionally animated non-Disney movie for a long time. Yet it was a biblical tale made by a major studio. Never underestimate the power of a christian audience. The Prince of Egypt enlisted the help of several religious experts of all relevant backgrounds. In order to make it as true to the Book of Exodus as possible. The Prince of Egypt follows all of the most important parts of the story in The Bible. Moses in the basket, the burning bush as the voice of God, the snake staff, the ten plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and receiving the Ten Commandments. All done with respect and maturity for an animated film aimed primarily at children. The animation is beautiful and makes the story feel massive. What makes The Prince of Egypt really different though, is their focus on the brotherly relationship between Moses and Ramses. How close they were before they became enemies. Of course they do still take cues from Disney by including songs. My teacher even confused it for one (much to my annoyance). However, The Prince of Egypt is a rare non-Disney movie that truly makes its songs work. It even won the Oscar for Best Original Song “When You Believe” sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Being the only non-Disney animated film in history to win the award. The Prince of Egypt is an animated miracle.


Moses leads his people

Preceded by: Joseph: King of Dreams

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