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Azur and Asmar - The Princes' Quest DVD

Michel Ocelot, 2006


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Film Details

Directed by Michel Ocelot

Produced in 2006

Main Language - Arabic / French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film

MovieMail's Review

Azur et Asmar is beautiful. Inspired, in part, by the work of Lotte Reiniger, and sitting perfectly alongside Ocelotís earlier work, Kirikou and the Sorceress, itís a fairy tale adventure with a global resonance, centring on relations between races and cultures. The fantastical story centres on the adventures of a young man who sets out to find a fabled fairy princess. His adventures test heart, mind and body and itís thrilling to watch unfold. It reminds us how powerfully a film can use all the attractions of entertainment to explore the bigger picture. The film is sumptuously designed and a little unexpected in its animation style. As such, it is totally compelling. Ocelot has explained how his childhood relates to his filmmaking: ďI knew nothing but happiness in Africa Öthere were Catholics, Protestants, Animists, Muslims. It was natural and I internalised this relaxedness Ö I have memories of jubilation from gazing at passers-by ... I became conscious of beauty Ė of people, of clothing, of lanscapesÖĒ

on 7th February 2008
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Film Description

From acclaimed director Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress) comes a new animated story for the whole family to enjoy. Once upon a time there were two children, Azur, the son of a nobleman, and Asmar, the son of the nanny. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers. As grown ups, they become rivals in the quest for the djinn's fairy.A fantastical adventure set in magical, mythical lands.

DVD Details

Certificate: TBC

Publisher: Soda Pictures

Length: 99 mins

Aspect ratio: 1:1.78 (16:9) widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 4th October 2010

Cat No: SODA059

DVD Extras

  • Enhanced for WideScreen TV
  • Bonus footage
  • Trailers
  • Interviews (Michel Ocelot (Director))
  • Other documentariesImage gallery
  • 'The Princess and the Pendant' animation by Hartside Primary School

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