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Ben Hur -- An animated version of the classic Ben Hur, a tale of the Christ, voiced by Charlton Heston.
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15 February 2003 (USA) See more »
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Charlton Heston ... Ben Hur (voice)

Duncan Fraser ... Messala (voice)
Scott McNeil ... Jesus (voice)

Gerard Plunkett ... Pontius Pilate (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Miriam (voice)
Kathleen Barr ... Esther (voice)
Willow Johnson ... Tizrah (voice)
Long John Baldry ... Balthazar (voice)
French Tickner ... Gaspar (voice)

Directed by
William R. Kowalchuk Jr.  (as Bill Kowalchuk)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abi Estrin Cunningham  (as Abi Estrin)
Lew Wallace  novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ"

Produced by
Barry Backus .... associate producer: live segments
Andy Greenberg .... executive producer
Fraser C. Heston .... executive producer (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
William R. Kowalchuk Jr. .... producer (as Bill Kowalchuk)
John Stronach .... producer
Seth Willenson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Keith Heffner 
Michael Lloyd 
Art Direction by
Feng Jing 
Zheng-Hua Zhang 
Sound Department
Rusty Dunn .... dialogue co-editor
Visual Effects by
Zhang-Xiang Jin .... animation director
Qiu-Sheng Xue .... animation director
Jian-Hua Zhang .... animation director

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USA:80 min
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This was Charlton Heston's final acting role before his death on April 5, 2008.See more »
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Version of "Ben Hur" (2010)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Homage to a classic, 7 November 2005
Author: Giovanni Caci from United Kingdom

This new animated adaptation of Ben Hur, has but one thing to recommend, namely the voice of Charlton Heston. It is delightful to hear his distinguished voice as he reprises his Oscar winning role. The animation is rather on the crude side by Disney standards but as long as you don't watch this expecting too much you won't be disappointed. Having a running length of 75 minutes however liberties have to be taken with the plot as it progresses quickly from scene to scene, although it is supposed to be the most faithful version of Lew Wallace's tale todate.

Highlights include the sea battle and of course the chariot race sequence which are enhanced through cgi but yet again they are only short segments.

Of the other voice actors none are distinguished, but that doesn't matter much as Heston carries the movie and makes it more accessible for a young audience. It is particularly nice to see the role of Christ expanded upon from what we see of him in previous versions.

DVD features though few are nice as we see Heston talking behind the scenes although he looks extremely unwell and frail.

Over all this new animated tale is a small treat for fans of Heston and the story of Ben Hur.

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