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Strings (2004)

A prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father not aware his father wasn't murdered and in-reality committed suicide and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman.
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Hal (voice)
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Zita (voice)
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Kahro (voice)
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Nezo (voice)
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Ghrak (voice)
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Jhinna (voice)
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Erito (voice)
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Eike (voice)
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Marina Bouras ...
Jhinna (voice)
Pernille Højmark ...
Eike (voice)
Paul Hüttel ...
Agra (voice)
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Hal (voice)
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Zita (voice)
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Nezo (voice)
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Kahro (voice)
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Hal Tara is the son of The Kahro of the city of Hebalon and heir to the throne. When The Kahro kills himself, Hal is chosen to taken his place to rule Hebalon. But the discovery of The Kahro's suicide letter, that his father's death was no suicide, and was conducted by rivals of the city known as The Zeriths, Hal disguising himself as a commoner leaves the city and sets out to find the Zeriths and avenge his father. But Nezo, The Kahro's evil advisor who discovered the Kahro's body sends a warrior known as Erito to join Hal and to kill him. Entering the Zerith's camp, unaware of his identity, Hal falls in love with Zita, a Zerith female warrior, unaware Nezo has evil schemes to take over ruler ship of the city and Erito's wife Eike and Hal's sister Jhinna have uncovered his evil plot. Written by Daniel Williamson

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€3,400,000 (estimated)
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Derek Jacobi (Nezo) has worked with Patrick Stewart in "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" and "I, Claudius". James McAvoy (Hal Tara) would later work with Patrick Stewart in "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past". See more »

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Zita: [Hal and Zita are at the Zerith's camp watching female Zeriths dancing] Aren't they beautiful?
Hal: Yes.
Zita: They are dancing the story of our people. Those are the Siads from Abagos.
Hal: Abagos?
Zita: Yes. Our lost city. Abagos. Once we all lived as one people in the city of Abagos. The Hebalonians came and drove us out. They destroyed everything. Murdered and raped. Since then, we have had to live as fugitives.
Hal: Is that true?
Zita: Yes. Didn't you know? Hebalom is built upon the ruins of Abagons. We have never given up...
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A Superior Film Than, Say, The Dark Crystal
2 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The king commits suicide, but his evil brother covers it up to make the death look like murder from a rival faction. The prince disguises himself as a slave to go out and avenge his father's death, but after infiltrating the "enemy" camp, begins to learn an alternate history of his people -- sometimes the good guys have a dark past.

This film was incredible. You very rarely see a film with puppets in it these days (or ever, really). Sure, there was "Team America", but I really found the puppeteering on that to be average and the overall film to be a waste of time. This one had a rich back story, characters with epic lives and a whole realm of fantasy that could have been real life.

I think of the movie like "The Dark Crystal". I don't know why, but I get a similar vibe from them. With one key difference: I don't like "The Dark Crystal". Other films could be compared to this, I suppose: "Lord of the Rings" to some extent, maybe "Willow", probably a hundred more. It had all the classic fantasy elements: a hero, a kingdom, love, betrayal, evil, an oracle, battles. Everything you'd want.

There was an underlying political message here, too, which I enjoyed although I don't know if I really got the exact parallel they were shooting for. But the idea that "we" are always the goo guys and "they" are always the bad guys when not viewed as people was very nice, and could be used to talk about America and the Middle East (or the Native Americans), it could be used to talk about Israel and Palestine, or just about any other rival groups.

The love aspects were a bit much at times. I liked the idea that our strings are all attached and that love really makes that stronger. I tend to agree with the sentiment. At times I think it bordered on hippie or New Age levels (my ability to digest peace and love only goes so far). But, it was never so much I became uninterested in the film.

If you want something different than your usual action or romance, give this one a chance. You might have to open your mind a little bit because it's fantasy and puppets and voice-overs (not just because they're puppets, they're also Scandinavian). I think you'll find a special treat in here. Really glad I had the opportunity to catch it at a friend's house, as I probably never would have found it on my own.


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