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A Tale of Egypt (1998)

Animated story of biblical Moses, part of the Enchanted Tales children series.


Peter S. Beagle (screenplay by)

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Animated story of biblical Moses, part of the Enchanted Tales children series.

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Moses did not bring Tzipporah to his mission in Egypt, but she appears among the Hebrews as if she had traveled with Moses. See more »

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Weak adaptation of the Exodus
26 December 2015 | by darkghost3400See all my reviews

This is not horrible, but it does have many mistakes.

The most obvious problem is the character design. At a simple sight, they look decent, but there are European-looking people (even Caucasian people) in Africa and the Mediterrean Sea. The first Pharaoh and some foot soldiers had beards, while real Egyptians would have shaven them off.

The animation is not always bad, but it is inconsistent and there are lots of notable goofs, like some slaves disappearing in the background or mistakes with Rameses' hands. The movements of the crowds were hard to believe and looked too false.

The characters in general were personality-thin, with the exception of Moses, but even him has his flatness.

The story, while very faithful to the Bible, has inconsistencies and in general lacks emotion. In example of the inconsistencies, Moses tells Jethro that he is an Israelite, but he didn't know about Jacob (a.k.a Israel) and he wouldn't see the day when Israel is consolidated. The narrative felts rushed in some situations, because they cut quickly in some bits, like when Moses sees the "burning" bush. In the emotion part, there are moments of drama, like when Moses asks God why does (God) kill the babies, because (Moses) feels that Egyptian moms care for their sons like the Hebrew moms, but in general, you hardly care for the characters and for the plot.

What saves the film is the music. The singing kind of feels different from the voice acting, but is alright. The songs had very beautiful melodies and were catchy. The best song is "Marching towards the Sun". The incidental music is not that memorable, but is successful.

Overall, this is decent, but The Prince of Egypt is much better.

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