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Azur et Asmar (2006)

Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyril Mourali ...
Azur (voice)
Karim M'Riba ...
Asmar (voice)
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Jénane (voice)
Patrick Timsit ...
Crapoux (voice)
Rayan Mahjoub ...
Azur enfant (voice)
Abdelsselem Ben Amar ...
Asmar enfant (voice)
Fatma Ben Khell ...
La Princesse Chamsous Sabah (voice) (as Fatma Ben Khelil)
Thissa d'Avila Bensalah ...
La Fée des djinns (voice) (as Tissa Bensalah d'Avila)
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La Fée des elfes (voice)
Olivier Claverie ...
Le Sage Yadoa (voice)
Jacques Pater ...
Le Père (voice)
Tayeb Belmihoub ...
(voice)
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ...
(voice) (as Franck Olivier Bonnet)
Carlos Chahine ...
(voice) (as Carlos Chahime)
Mohamed Damraoui ...
(voice)
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Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. As grown ups, they mercilessly become rivals in the quest years later, when Azur is being haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn-fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek it out. Now reunited, he finds that she has since become a successful merchant, while Asmar is now a member of the royal guard. However, Asmar also longs to find the Djinn-fairy, and only one of the two youths can be successful in their quest. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for thematic material, some mild action and peril | See all certifications »
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25 October 2006 (France)  »

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€9,000,000 (estimated)
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Director Trademark: [Michel Ocelot] [silhouettes] A woman singing under a canopy is seen only in profile, rendered as a solid black silhouette. Later, when Azur and Chamsous Sabah climb a tree to get an overview of the city, they and the branches of the tree are similarly silhouetted against the blue twilight sky. See more »

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Jénane: Azur...
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La Chanson D'Azur Et Asmar (V F)
Acoustic Guitar and vocals by Souad Massi
Composed by Gabriel Yared
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Go on a fairytale adventure with Azur and Asmar - satisfying and fantastic animated feature that treats the audience as smartly as it delivers
28 April 2009 | by (sf, usa) – See all my reviews

I recall the trailer of "Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest" was impressive, hence I made it a point to catch it when it's briefly showing at the local indie theaters. It was 99 minutes well-spent and more when writer-director Michel Ocelot appeared at the closing credits. We learned that he created the animation in Photoshop, it was a 6-year effort to have the feature length completed, distributed and first released in France in 2006. The drawings are beautifully detailed and in brilliant colors, depicting a thoughtful dramatic story that exudes fairytale adventure qualities and encompasses cultural diversity themes.

Azur is fair-skinned and blue-eyed, and Asmar is dark-skinned and dark-eyed. Both are brought up by Asmar's mother who is also nurse-mother to Azur. When they grew up, together they became fascinated with the legend (as told by mother Jénane, voice of Hiam Abbass who's the mother in "The Visitor" 2007) and pursuit of the rescue to the Djinn Fairy. In their adventures, they met and gained the allied assistance of the agile, energetic little Princess Chamsous Sabah, and accompanied by the goggle-eyed opportunist Crapoux. The adventure segment reminds me of Tarsem Singh's "The Fall" (2006), its visually exotic elements and magical characters. The challenges they encounter and have to resolve one by one are reminiscent of the excitement and anticipation in "The Lord of the Rings" series. The conclusion is nothing short of the grandeur and sparkles of Disney-fare court finale as in "Beauty and the Beasts" or "Sleeping Beauty." Yes, definite an animation to enjoy (on the DVD, there is English version which is free from distraction of subtitle-reading.)

Also available on DVD, do check out the other marvelously original and worthwhile writing & direction of Michel Ocelot's animation feature: "Kirikou and the Sorceress" (1998) - simply entertaining story & adventure with (tiny) little Kirikou, including intelligently instilled cultural diversity points of view, subtle or not. Aptly paced music again enhanced Ocelot's skillful storytelling, both enjoyable for children and adults as well.


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