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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyril Mourali Cyril Mourali ... Azur (voice)
Karim M'Riba Karim M'Riba ... Asmar (voice)
Hiam Abbass ... Jénane (voice)
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Crapoux (voice)
Rayan Mahjoub Rayan Mahjoub ... Azur enfant (voice)
Abdelsselem Ben Amar Abdelsselem Ben Amar ... Asmar enfant (voice)
Fatma Ben Khell Fatma Ben Khell ... La Princesse Chamsous Sabah (voice) (as Fatma Ben Khelil)
Thissa d'Avila Bensalah Thissa d'Avila Bensalah ... La Fée des djinns (voice) (as Tissa Bensalah d'Avila)
Sofia Boutella ... La Fée des elfes (voice)
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Le Sage Yadoa (voice)
Jacques Pater Jacques Pater ... Le Père (voice)
Tayeb Belmihoub Tayeb Belmihoub ... (voice)
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... (voice) (as Franck Olivier Bonnet)
Carlos Chahine Carlos Chahine ... (voice) (as Carlos Chahime)
Mohamed Damraoui 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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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France] | Dionet [Spain] | See more »

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France | Belgium | Spain | Italy

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

25 October 2006 (France) See more »

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Azur & Asmar See more »

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€9,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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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Why do people like this film?
21 November 2012 | by DoobidoobSee all my reviews

So I saw this film during the summer (not my decision, by the way)and I have to say, there is so much wrong with this film. I am completely and utterly incredulous of the people who said it was amazing.

First of all, the animation is poor. Very poor. The characters are so stiff most of the time and there is no attention to detail. I feel like I'm watching corpses being dragged around. I think there was only one character that seemed alive at all and he was just some throw-away comedy relief character. Also, the timing is either way too slow or way too fast.

The 3D modelling is boring as hell. Everything just looks so plastic and yucky. The lighting is boring - it's like they just used a single light in the scene and went "finished!".

It also seems like the filmmaker's didn't know how to make storyboards or learn anything about composition because the mise en scene sucks. There are scenes where characters are standing perfectly still in profile view for several minutes at a time for no other reason than that they were too lazy to render out scenes from a different angle. I couldn't even see their facial expressions properly. Everything is framed so lazily and it feels like somebody just threw it together in the last minute.

The music was nothing particularly exceptional. It felt really cheap, like some composer decided "Nevermind - I'll just download some stuff from incompetech" (Actually, I take that back because Incompetech does have some legitimately decent stuff).

The voice acting was not the worst I've heard, but it was pretty bland (oh boy, is this movie bland). Oh, the subtitles - they only translated the parts in french. I don't know if it was intentional to leave out the bits in arabic, but there seemed to be entire scenes in that language. It left the audience pretty confused (except for the ones who knew arabic, of course).

I don't even remember too much of the story to be honest. It was so boring and meandering that I just couldn't care. The characters were unengaging and the dialogue didn't help. Maybe if there were a more talented, more competent group of people to adapt this story, maybe it would work. However we got this and this sucks big time. I'm unashamed of my bias against this film. You need only watch the trailer and just see for yourself the nastiness of the quality.

You know what saddens me even more? The budget for this film was roughly 2.5 million euros higher than 'The Secret of Kells' which is just so mindblowingly beautiful, especially compared to this garbage.

I'm giving it 3 out of ten to be generous.


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