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This riveting cartoon animated work-of-art made in France and set in
the fascinating ancient Egyptian era is clearly destined to entertain
all those who take the time to settle down and watch it. Its
high-quality animation that almost stands in for real actors mixed with
a powerful impact on a cinema screen the portrayed magnificent aeon
will seem far more wondrous than just the mindless chatter of a dull
The story sets off on a rather unexciting note when a playful princess and an irritable prince are suddenly ordered by their royal old-fashioned parents to be wed. From the moment they meet they can both see that this union was not meant to be, but neither the prince's mother nor the princess' father the Pharaoh will see reason. That night the ever-determined princess flees her kingdom and embarks on an epic journey to the city of Thebes in the hope of finding her mother the Queen who was driven away by the Pharaoh's infuriating obsession with the god of the sun Aten. The palace guards mistake her flight for a kidnapping engineered by the prince and so he has no choice but to join her.
Partway through their valiant quest they discover with icy terror that a band of terrorists, priests and worshippers of forbidden gods are plotting to brutally overthrow the Pharaoh and take over the kingdom. So with no hope of warning the Pharaoh the quarrelling couple must somehow cooperate and stop the traitors themselves.
This is an incredibly unpredictable and truly stupendous fun ride with a highly engaging storyline stringing the numerous and breathtaking action sequences together.
This is a French animation about the turbulent period of Egyptian
history during the rule of the pharaoh Akhenaten (14 century BC), who
is noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian monotheism in favor of
worship of a single Sun god Aten. The story is based on a novel of
french writer and archaeologist Christian Jacq. Although the story is
aimed at young viewers (from age 7 and above), it pays unusual for such
cartoons attention to traditions and culture of ancient Egypt. While it
may not be 100% accurate, it manages to convey the spirit of this old
civilization without being didactic and boring. The animation is also
very well done, it has its own original style (it somewhat resembles
the vector graphics of a computer game "Another World"). The art of the
main characters and the backgrounds are superb, the weaker point could
be the use of computer to bring these to life in some scenes.
Overall it is a rare and excellent cartoon for kids and their parents, for those who are interested in ancient history, 8/10
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