The Prince of Egypt (1998) Poster


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The voice of God, to avoid controversy, was played by all the major actors. The actors were told to whisper the lines, so none would dominate the performance, but by the time they got around to having Val Kilmer read his lines, they realized they needed someone to be louder. You still can hear the rest of the cast whispering beneath Kilmer's voice in God's lines.
Obviously, changes were made to the story to make it work as an animated feature. Here is a short list of differences between the movie and the Biblical account of the Exodus.
  • 1. Moses was "adopted" by Pharaoh's daughter, not his wife.

  • 2. Moses murdered the Egyptian slave master and even tried to hide his body. He did not kill him by accident.

  • 3. Aaron supported Moses from the beginning and even helped perform some of the miracles of God. Aaron did not doubt Moses.

4. It was Aaron who turned his staff into a snake and turned the water of the Nile to blood, not Moses.
The production team conferred with roughly 600 religious experts to make the film as accurate as possible.
The four-minute parting of the Red Sea sequence took ten animators two years to complete.
The movie is banned in Malaysia.
To disguise the real title before the world premiere, the film was sent to theaters under the title "Edgar Allan." POE - Prince Of Egypt.
Only five of the voice actors do both the singing and speaking parts of the characters: Ralph Fiennes (Rameses), Michelle Pfeiffer (Tzipporah), Martin Short (Huy), Steve Martin (Hotep), and Ofra Haza (Yocheved). All the other parts have different singers from their speakers.
When Ramses and Moses are racing each other at the beginning of the film, one of the karts smashes some sort of board game two passersby are playing. The game is authentic and historically accurate; it was called Senet, and can be found in scrolls and wall paintings, and one set was even found in King Tut's tomb. Although no one knows the actual rules, Senet sets are even sold today (though with slight modifications).
Ofra Haza performed the voice of Yocheved in about seventeen of the twenty-something languages the film was dubbed in, pronouncing the words of the languages she did not speak phonetically.
Jeffrey Katzenberg constantly pitched the idea to the Walt Disney Company while he was working there, but Michael Eisner didn't like the idea.
Ofra Haza recorded her famous "River Lullaby" while singing to a baby doll, to allow herself to express as much emotion as possible.
The movie was also banned in Indonesia, but later released in Video CD format.
During the starting race sequence, the statue's falling nose is a playful nod to an archaeological mystery of Ancient Egypt: the Sphynx's nose, as well, is missing and no one knows what happened to it.
The original lyrics, "You can do miracles when you believe," were changed to "There can be miracles when you believe," to avoid the implication that you (not God) can work miracles.
This movie was the most expensive animated feature ever made at the time, being beaten out by Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001).
Brenda Chapman is the first woman to co-direct a major animated feature.
Val Kilmer provides a voice for both Moses and God. Charlton Heston is reported to also have played both parts in The Ten Commandments (1956), though this has been disputed.
After the credits of the film, there are three excerpts praising Moses. "Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord singled out face to face..." (Hebrew Bible-Deuteronomy 34:10) "[Moses] was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself..." (New Testament-Acts 7:35) "And call to mind, through his divine writ, Moses. Behold he was a chosen one, and was an apostle [of God], a prophet." (Qur'an-Surah 19:51)
Orion, the hunter, from Greek mythology, is the constellation featured at the end of the final plague against the first born.
Director Brenda Chapman briefly voices adult Miriam singing the lullaby to Moses their mother sang to him before putting him in the basket which was initially a scratch voice in post-production. Sally Dworsky was meant to replace her singing but the track turned out so well that it remained in the film.
Martin Short and Steve Martin (friends and frequent collaborators) recorded their characters' dialogue together.
It was originally intended that a woman and a child's voice would also be used, as God, but it was decided that might offend some viewers. Hence Val Kilmer played the voice of God also.
During the parting of the Red Sea scene, many viewers thought they saw a whale swim with a school of fish past the travelers. However, the sea-creature moves its tail side to side, which whales do not do. This means that the sea-creature was a whale shark. They are large and their tail goes side to side.
The story of Moses was told again onscreen in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), in which the role of Moses is played by Christian Bale. Bale also succeeded Kilmer in the role of Batman.
Val Kilmer was the first actor to play both Moses and Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995). The second was Christian Bale who played the characters in the Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).
Even though it was created digitally, Dreamworks apparently doesn't have a digital master for the film.
The film takes place in the 13th Century BC.
Ralph Fiennes (the voice of Rameses) was considered for the title role in The Saint (1997), which went to Val Kilmer (the voice of Moses/God).
During the "All I Ever Wanted" sequence, Moses points a sickle to a wall with Egyptian engravings. If you look to the left of the sickle, you can see an engraving of how Moses looked like as a child.
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Although the credits list Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer as the music composer and producer (respectively) for the song "When You Believe," it actually derives its melody from a traditional Chinese musical piece called "Moonlight Dancing Song."
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In another Dreamworks movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), there's a scene where the princess is picking baby Moses up from the water. Meanwhile, Sherman is swimming in the water.
Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), Patrick Stewart played Professor X in various X-Men movies (2000-2014) and Val Kilmer played Batman in Batman Forever (1995).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The filmmakers have suggested that it is possible that Rameses (Ralph Fiennes) died when the Red Sea closed and that his final line ("Moses!") is imagined by Moses (Val Kilmer) as wishful thinking. This is why they both appear onscreen at the same time during that moment.

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