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The Prince of Egypt


When DreamWorks decided to create an animation arm back in the late 90s, computer animation was still in its infancy, and no one could have predicted with certainty that Pixar’s Toy Story would make CG animation the dominant art form of the next millenium.

"Your god should've predicted it!"

DreamWorks has obviously given a lot of thought in choosing the subject matter for their first animation project. And this is probably how it went down:

"Before we begin, no, there won't be sexy or nude scenes with Tzipporah or Miriam."


EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND DREAMWORKS CO-OWNER JEFFREY KATZENBERG: Quality-wise, we want something at par with Disney, but story-wise, something not too Disney.

DREAMWORKS CO-OWNER DAVID GEFFEN: Disney, but not too Disney? Like?

KATZENBERG: A Bible story. Disney wouldn’t touch religion with a 10-foot pole.

SPIELBERG: Jesus? No, sorry, nothing with Jesus in it. We’d be alienating all the non-Christians. In case you forgot, Jews still rule Hollywood.

KATZENBERG: Yes, but we’re doing something from the Old Testament. That way Jews and even Moslems can sort of relate to it.

GEFFEN: Old Testament? Like Samson and Delilah? I like Samson. Make him like the Hulk or something.

KATZENBERG: Actually, we’re going with Moses.

SPIELBERG: Moses? Unless there’s gonna ba a parting of the Red Sea that’ll rival Cecil B. DeMille’s in The Ten Commandments, it’s a no-go.

KATZENBERG: Oh, there will be.

GEFFEN: Celebrity voices?

KATZENBERG: Yup. We’ve got Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes. Then Jeff Goldblum, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, and Martin Short.

SPIELBERG: Will Morgan Freeman be playing God?

KATZENBERG: Uh, not likely.

"Is this Cecil B. DeMille enough for you?"

The Prince of Egypt. USA. 1998.

Original rating: 8.0 / 10
Awesome animation: + 0.1
Getting the Divas Carey and Houston to sing the theme song: + 0.1
Parting of the Red Sea scene: + 0.1
Dream sequences: + 0.1
Final rating: 8.4 / 10

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