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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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Chanson Berbère
by Afida Tahri
Composed by Gabriel Yared
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Visually astonishing animation
22 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story and setting for this French animated film, in which two childhood friends travel through a semi-mythical land on a quest to find the Djinn fairy, reminded me strongly of The Alchemist, a story written by Paolo Coelho. The tale is not quite as timeless as Coelho's novel but the film conjures a similar magic. This is in large part due to the jaw-dropping visual style, which is quite unlike anything else I have seen.

The characters look superb, with luscious colours applied uniformly across clothing and intricate jewellery glinting marvellously. The range of settings is more dazzling still, ranging from green fields jam-packed with flowers and seedpods to bustling market towns to breathtakingly ornate palaces. There are innumerable wondrous images to recount and many clever visual touches such as the exaggerated proportions bestowed upon wildlife, including an enormous horse and a tiny cat.

Unfortunately, I think that the translation of the film for English audiences has diluted some of the original message. This is most notable in the character of Crapoux, whose snobbery is used partly to propagate the film's message of cultural understanding. The scene where Crapoux derides foreign cookery next to that of his native country might be plausible when he is speaking in French. However, an English-speaking character deriding foreign foods against traditional English fare such as apple sauce seems rather surreal and amusing in way that the writers surely did not intend. (This is not to say that the English are strangers to cultural snobbery.) A further problem I had with the film was the ending, which was fairly predictable and therefore suffered from being so drawn-out. Nevertheless, I was greatly relieved to be spared the song-and-dance ending that typifies so many modern animations. The absence of any pop culture references was also refreshing (Pixar take note).


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