Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest)
Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006)

Two lifelong friends set off on a remarkable adventure in this animated feature. Azur (Rayan Mahjoub) is an orphaned boy living in 18th century France, where he's being raised by Jenane (Hiam Abbass), a nurse of Arab heritage who cares… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2008
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

This is a unique effort that art film crowds and families will both be able to appreciate.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Gorgeous and mesmerizing, Azur & Asmar eschews computer-generated imagery to render a flat, storybook-style animation that never stops delighting with its ornamental detail, range of color and exotic story.

Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Magical tale about a French and Arab boy's adventures, but the sparkling artwork is dulled by the lackluster plot.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Azur has the DNA of a captivating bedtime story, not a sugar-high Saturday cartoon.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Is it too early to announce the most beautiful film of 2009? Two days into the new year, it's hard to imagine a more transporting cinematic experience coming our way than Azur & Asmar, an animated feature from the French writer-director Michel Ocel

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Ian Buckwalter

Like the best fairy tales, Ocelot's film takes a recognizable world and injects a sense of magic and wonder into it in service of creating a fable far bigger than the story in which it is contained.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The tale of two brothers from childhood to manhood, it is rife with timeless storybook themes and offers an inspiring vision of harmony between different cultures, different people.

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post

Combining cutouts with 3-D digital animation, Ocelot turns every frame of his film into a beautiful, dynamic page out of a picture book.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The result is not entirely seamless... but the filmmaker still uses plenty of long shots and landscapes that feature his traditional look and feel and movement.

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