The Prince of Egypt
|The Prince of Egypt|
|Directed by||Simon Wells
|Produced by||Penney Finkelman Cox
Jeffrey Katzenberg (executive producer)
|Screenplay by||Philip LaZebnik
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Editing by||Nick Fletcher|
|Distributed by||DreamWorks Pictures|
|Release date(s)||December 18, 1998|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Language||English / Hebrew|
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". 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. 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. 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. This is Dreamworks Animation's first movie and only traditionally animated movie to win an Oscar.
Cast[change | edit source]
- Val Kilmer as Moses, a Hebrew who was adopted by Pharaoh Seti.
- Ralph Fiennes as Rameses II, Moses' adoptive brother and eventual successor to his father, Seti.
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Tzipporah, Jethro's oldest daughter and Moses' wife.
- Sandra Bullock as Miriam, Moses and Aaron's biological sister.
- Jeff Goldblum as Aaron, Moses and Miriam's biological brother.
- Patrick Stewart as Pharaoh Seti I, Rameses' father, Moses' adoptive father and the first Pharaoh in the film. Despite his uncaring attitude towards the Hebrew slaves, he is shown to treat Moses and Rameses with good care and love.
- Danny Glover as Jethro, Tzipporah's father and Midian's high priest.
- Brian Stokes Mitchell provides Jethro's singing voice.
- Helen Mirren as Queen Tuya, Seti's consort wife, Rameses' mother and Moses' adoptive mother.
- Linda Dee Shayne provides Queen Tuya's singing voice.
- Steve Martin as Hotep
- Martin Short as Huy
- Ofra Haza as Yocheved, the biological mother of Miriam, Aaron, and Moses.
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 | edit source]
|Academy Awards||Best Original Musical or Comedy Score||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"When You Believe"||Won|
|Annie Awards||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||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"When You Believe"||Nominated|
References[change | edit source]
- "Prince of Egypt (1998)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=princeofegypt.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
- "Academy Awards, USA: 1998". awardsdatabase.oscars.org. http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1235853348172. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- "HFPA-Awards search". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/year/1998. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- "Highest grossing animated films". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=animation.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
- "Legacy: 22nd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1999)". Annie Awards. http://annieawards.org/27thwinners.html. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
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