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Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)
"Kaena: La prophétie" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  4 June 2003 (France)
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AXIS, a gigantic coiling plant, stretches high above the clouds... At its center is a village whose people are in mortal danger because Axis is withering... it's sap is drying up. The ... See full summary »

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Kaena (voice)
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Opaz (voice)
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La reine (voice)
François Siener ...
Voxem (voice)
Jean-Michel Farcy ...
Assad (voice)
Raymond Aquaviva ...
Gommy (voice)
Jean Piat ...
Le grand prêtre (voice)
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Kaena (voice)
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Opaz (voice)
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Queen of the Selenites (voice)
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Voxem (voice)
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Assad (voice)
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Gommy (voice)
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Zehos (voice)
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Essy (voice)
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AXIS, a gigantic coiling plant, stretches high above the clouds... At its center is a village whose people are in mortal danger because Axis is withering... it's sap is drying up. The people beg their gods for help... but to no avail. Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs to take the perilous journey through the Axis and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds... A dying world, an evil force, a terrible secret... Written by Aline

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality and some frightening images | See all certifications »

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$2,173 (USA) (25 June 2004)

Gross:

$7,674 (USA) (9 July 2004)
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Judged on its own terms, this is a lovely film.
28 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie reminded me, more than anything else, of "Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within." I think that critics of movies like these sometimes criticize them for being A: animated, and B: science fiction. That's sort of like criticizing "Terminator" or "Lord of the Rings" because, as one reviewer wrote: "that could never happen." Well, yeah. I mean, isn't that the point, to create something that can only exist in the imagination? I have a hard time seeing the relevance of comparing "Kaena" even to other animated features like "Toy Story" or "Ice Age." SciFi is a genre unto itself and needs to be judged on its own terms. "Kaena" is a fully-realized fantasy. It has a comprehensive story, background and setting. The voice-over narration (English) is particularly good, especially Kirsten Dunst in the title role. The only real criticism I have is that the quality of the animation is uneven, ranging between mid-90's video game at one extreme and almost breathtaking at the other. The choice of a very muted color palate for most of the scenes doesn't quite make up in atmosphere for what it loses in vibrancy and realism. Overall, I give "Kaena" an 8 based on the strength of its story and characters.


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