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Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (2006)

Azur et Asmar (original title)
Raised by the same woman, the dark-complexioned, Asmar, and the flaxen-haired, Azur, set out on a quest to a strange and magical land to liberate the enchanting Djinn-fairy; but, only one can save her. Will the brothers be triumphant?

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Michel Ocelot

Writer:

Michel Ocelot
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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Country:

France | Belgium | Spain | Italy

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

25 October 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Azur & Asmar See more »

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Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jénane: Azur...
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Soundtracks

La Chanson D'Azur Et Asmar (V F)
Acoustic Guitar and vocals by Souad Massi
Composed by Gabriel Yared
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multicultural tale
2 April 2007 | by georgioskarpouzasSee all my reviews

This animation fairy-tale is parable on tolerance between races, creeds and classes. It is a useful antidote to mundane everyday life in which those distinctions are very much alive. The message of the movie is delivered in a rather crude way and not through indirect suggestion.It is visually beautiful but the copy I saw in Greece did not have subtitles for the lines that were delivered in Arab dialect- I do not know whether this was a deliberate policy or it just happened in the copy I saw. Nevertheless it is a fine movie with a message for male friendship and co-operation between different people even when they are different in colour, creed and class. I recommend it for younger audiences primarily but also for older people although I don't think that a movie will make them change their mind on such issues. The arabic setting is picturesque and the movie is difficult to situate chronologically since the white boy receives the training of a medieval to post-medieval gentleman while the ship he uses is more of the age of great discoveries. The clothes of the Arabs I can not locate in history since my knowledge of costumes in Arab lands is inadequate.But the point is not historical veracity but the message of tolerance which is a child of European Enlightment one would say although this is a very qualified statement regarding the situation of the natives in European colonies. But the Ottoman Empire a supposed multicultural state practiced discrimination towards Jews and Christians, the infidels or jimmies but not on the scale of Catholic Spain for example. I would say that the movie expresses a wish and not a concrete historical reality during which the most that different people could hope for was mutual indifference. But it is a noble a commendable dream, better than other dreams that attempted to materialize as historical realities-as the Nazi dream of the thousand year era of Aryan supremacy.A well-intentioned movie.


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