7.0/10
816
4 user 3 critic

Ben Hur (2003)

Unrated | | Animation, Drama, Family | Video 15 February 2003
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director:

William R. Kowalchuk Jr. (as Bill Kowalchuk)

Writers:

Abi Estrin Cunningham (as Abi Estrin), Lew Wallace (novel) (as General Lew Wallace)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sled dogs and mushers challenge a pilot to a race when it appears that they will lose their mail duties in this animated adventure.

Director: Phil Weinstein
Stars: Sean Astin, Jodi Benson, Keith Carradine
Back to the Future (1991–1993)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The time travelling adventures of Doc Brown, his family, and his friend, Marty McFly.

Stars: David Kaufman, Dan Castellaneta, Bill Nye
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In this midquel to The Fox and the Hound (1981), Copper the hound dog, here still just a pup, joins a canine music band, and spends less and less time with his best friend Tod the fox. Is their friendship in danger?

Director: Jim Kammerud
Stars: Reba McEntire, Patrick Swayze, Jonah Bobo
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When the singing Veggies encounter some car trouble, they're stranded at old, rundown seafood joint where nothing is quite as it seems. As Bob the Tomato and the kids settle in to wait for ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Stars: Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Tim Hodge
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.

Director: George Nichols Jr.
Stars: Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, O.P. Heggie
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Seeking the freedom to be a wild dog, the son of Lady and the Tramp runs away to join a gang of junkyard dogs.

Directors: Darrell Rooney, Jeannine Roussel
Stars: Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Chazz Palminteri
The Music Man (1962)
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An unusually brave mouse helps to restore happiness to a forlorn kingdom after making friends with a gentleman rat.

Directors: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A group of dated appliances embarks on a journey to the city to find its master after being abandoned in its cabin in the woods.

Director: Jerry Rees
Stars: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Timothy E. Day
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.

Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Simba's daughter is the key to a resolution of a bitter feud between Simba's pride and the outcast pride led by the mate of Scar.

Directors: Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Andy Dick
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Ben Hur (voice)
Duncan Fraser ... Messala (voice)
Scott McNeil ... Jesus (voice)
Gerard Plunkett ... Pontius Pilate (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Miriam (voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Esther (voice)
Willow Johnson ... Tizrah (voice)
Long John Baldry Long John Baldry ... Balthazar (voice)
French Tickner French Tickner ... Gaspar (voice)
Dale Wilson ... Sheik Ilderim (voice)
Mackenzie Gray ... Rabbi (voice)
Richard Newman ... Quintus Arrius (voice)
Ian James Corlett ... Gesius (voice)
Michael Dobson ... Joseph (voice) (as Michael R. Dobson)
Lee Tockar ... Judas (voice)
Edit

Storyline

During the first century A.D., Judah Ben-Hur is a young Hebrew prince thrown into slavery by the Romans after a tragic accident, who wins his way back to his home and a family on a heroic adventure of discovery. Judah's love for a beautiful slave girl is threatened by the bitter conflict dividing two former freinds, and his triumph is set against the backdrop of the historic struggle between a captive people and a mighty empire. From an exciting sea battle and a thundering chariot race to the dramatic events surrounding the life and death of Christ, this is an epic tale of love, redemption, foregiveness and faith to captivate viewers of all ages. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben Hur: La película animada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Charlton Heston's final acting role before his death on April 5, 2008. See more »

Connections

Version of Ben Hur (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Homage to a classic
7 November 2005 | by Johnny_ShannowSee all my reviews

This new animated adaptation of Ben Hur, has but one thing to recommend, namely the voice of Charlton Heston. It is delightful to hear his distinguished voice as he reprises his Oscar winning role. The animation is rather on the crude side by Disney standards but as long as you don't watch this expecting too much you won't be disappointed. Having a running length of 75 minutes however liberties have to be taken with the plot as it progresses quickly from scene to scene, although it is supposed to be the most faithful version of Lew Wallace's tale to date.

Highlights include the sea battle and of course the chariot race sequence which are enhanced through cgi but yet again they are only short segments.

Of the other voice actors none are distinguished, but that doesn't matter much as Heston carries the movie and makes it more accessible for a young audience. It is particularly nice to see the role of Christ expanded upon from what we see of him in previous versions.

DVD features though few are nice as we see Heston talking behind the scenes although he looks extremely unwell and frail.

Over all this new animated tale is a small treat for fans of Heston and the story of Ben Hur.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed