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Sahara (2017)

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A young cobra and his scorpion best friend go on a journey across the Sahara desert to save a new-found love.

Director:

Pierre Coré

Writers:

Pierre Coré (original idea), Stéphane Kazandjian (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sy ... Ajar (voice)
Louane Emera ... Eva (voice)
Franck Gastambide ... Pitt (voice)
Vincent Lacoste ... Gary (voice)
Ramzy Bedia ... Chef Chef (voice)
Clovis Cornillac ... Ver Luisant (voice)
Jean Dujardin ... Georges (voice)
Grand Corps Malade Grand Corps Malade ... Omar (voice)
Reem Kherici ... Alexandrie (voice)
Jonathan Lambert ... Michael (voice)
Sabrina Ouazani ... Alexandra (voice)
Marie-Claude Pietragalla Marie-Claude Pietragalla ... Pietra (voice)
Mathilde Seigner ... Rita (voice)
Michaël Youn ... Poisson des Sables (voice)
Roschdy Zem ... Saladin (voice)
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Storyline

Two clans of snakes cohabit in the desert. Beautiful green serpents that live under the shelter of an oasis, protected and venerated by men and venomous snakes that survive in the sand, dust and heat, hunted and killed by the Tuaregs. Here is the story of Ajar, a young venomous serpent, laughed at by his peers because he still has not done his first molt and that of Eva, rebellious princess of the oasis who wants to escape an arranged marriage. These two will meet and fall in love. Alas, Eva will be kidnapped by the Tuaregs and Ajar, accompanied by his best friend, Pitt the Scorpion, will have to cross the ruthless Sahara to save Eva from the terrible fate awaiting her.

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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Clive Cussler's character Dirk Pitt, whose surname is shared with Ajar's scorpion sidekick, starred in a book, and later movie, called Sahara. See more »

Goofs

Two snakes that Eva meets are a coral snake and a king snake saying that they're twins. Coral snakes and king snakes aren't actually related to one another. See more »

Quotes

Ajar: Pardon me, sir, you wouldn't have come across a camelcade, by any chance?
[Long pause, then the sandfish swallows the small branch he was carrying in his mouth]
Sandfish: You mean a camelcade heading toward Souksoukville with men, one of whom traveled with two hampers, from which a green snake was dangling, attempting to escape?
Ajar: Yes! Yes, that's it!
Sandfish: Hmm... Nah, doesn't ring a bell.
Ajar: What? How is that possible? Which way is Soukso- whatever its name is?
[the sandfish grumbles]
Ajar: I'm sorry. You were mentioning a ...
[...]
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Sahara is visually beautiful but otherwise inconsistent
29 April 2018 | by benm-41751See all my reviews

The first thing one notices about Sahara is that it's visually stunning, with an art style that looks high-budget yet sets itself apart from the average CGI flick. Coupled with decent sound design, the film has good production values on the surface.

Unfortunately, the script, storyboarding, and directing fluctuate between decent and cringe-worthy. Sometimes the action can be involving and the humor genuinely funny. But at other times it can be derivative or just plain awkward. The snakes in the film sometimes talk like humans (for example referencing Batman), which at those moments makes the film feel very cheap. Other times they actually steal jokes from other places. Some moments the film just feels clumsy like a demo reel. For example, I almost dozed off during the "climax" of the movie because the action was kind of confusing.

Unfortunately, the writers and directors of the movie missed an opportunity to capitalize on the great production values with a solid script. It felt like someone whipped up the dialogue and refused to have it reviewed by anyone else. That said, it's not a bad movie. It's worth watching if only for the nice animation, and it shows that there is potential for new players in the CGI realm (who aren't from Pixar, Disney, or Dreamworks) to make something great-if they just step it up a little bit more.


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France | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 February 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,061,843
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