The Prince of Egypt

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The Prince of Egypt
Directed by Simon Wells
Brenda Chapman
Steve Hickner
Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox
Sandra Rabins
Jeffrey Katzenberg (executive producer)
Screenplay by Philip LaZebnik
Nicholas Meyer
Starring Val Kilmer
Ralph Fiennes
Michelle Pfeiffer
Sandra Bullock
Jeff Goldblum
Patrick Stewart
Danny Glover
Steve Martin
Martin Short
Music by Hans Zimmer
Editing by Nick Fletcher
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release date(s) December 18, 1998 (1998-12-18)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English / Hebrew
Budget $70 million[1]
Money made $218,613,188[1]

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated musical drama movie. It was the first animated movie produced and released by DreamWorks Animation. The movie is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus. It follows Moses' life from being a prince of Egypt to ultimate destiny to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. The movie was directed by Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells and Steve Hicker. The movie featured songs written by Stephen Schwartz. The score was composed by Hans Zimmer. The voice cast for the movie had very popular Hollywood actors. During the musical part of the movie, professional singers replaced them for the songs. The exceptions were Michelle Pfeiffer, Ralph Fiennes, Ofra Haza (who sang her song in over seventeen languages for the movie's dubbing), Steve Martin, and Martin Short.

The movie was nominated for best Original Musical or Comedy Score. It won Best Original Song at the 1999 Academy Awards for "When You Believe".[2] The song's pop version was performed at the ceremony by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The song was co-written by Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer. There were additional production by Babyface. The song was nominated for Best Original Song (in a Motion Picture) at the 1999 Golden Globe Awards.[3] It was also nominated for Outstanding Performance of a Song for a Feature Film at the ALMA Awards.

The movie was released in theaters on December 18, 1998. It was released on home video on September 14, 1999. The movie gross $218,613,188 worldwide.[1] It became the second animated featured not released by Walt Disney Pictures to gross over $100 million in the United States. This was after, Paramount/Nickelodeon's The Rugrats Movie. The Prince of Egypt became the top grossing non-Disney animated movie until 2000. The movie, Chicken Run, took the number one spot. The movie remains the highest grossing traditionally-animated non-Disney movie until 2007. The movie, The Simpsons Movie, took the number one spot.[4] This is DreamWorks Animation's first movie and only traditionally animated movie to win an Oscar.

Cast[change | change source]

Director Brenda Chapman briefly voices Miriam when she sings the lullaby to Moses. The vocal had been recorded for a scratch audio track, which was intended to be replaced later by Sally Dworsky. The track turned out so well that it remained in the film.

Awards[change | change source]

Award Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards[2] Best Original Musical or Comedy Score Nominated
Best Original Song "When You Believe" Won
Annie Awards[5] Best Animated Feature Nominated
Individual Achievement in Directing Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells Nominated
Individual Achievement in Storyboarding Lorna Cook (Story supervisor) Nominated
Individual Achievement in Effects Animation Jamie Lloyd (Effects Lead - Burning Bush/Angel of Death) Nominated
Individual Achievement in Voice Acting Ralph Fiennes ("Rameses") Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[3] Best Original Score Nominated
Best Original Song "When You Believe" Nominated

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