Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest

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  • PG
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 7.4  (3,575)

Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest is a French animated film that takes place in a medieval Arab world. It is directed by Michel Ocelot and was released in 2006. The film tells the story of two boys, Azur and Asmar, who were raised together by a loving nanny. Despite them being raised as brothers, they are separated when Azur's father takes him back to France. This separation breaks their bond, and they become estranged. Azur, who is now a young man, decides to embark on a quest to find the mythical Djinn fairy. His mission is to prove his worth so that he can be granted three wishes.

The film begins with a beautiful scene of Azur and Asmar as children listening to a story from their nanny about the Djinn fairy who lives beyond the sea in the land of the Far East. Azur is fascinated by the fairy's stories and the thought of discovering new lands. As he grows up, Azur obsesses over the fairy, and his desire to reach her increases. However, Asmar, who was always a bit more grounded than Azur, falls out of their friendship as he tries to move on and live a normal life.

Azur, who is now a young man, decides to travel to the Far East and find the Djinn. He is accompanied by a horse and a seasoned sailor, Crapoux. His journey to the Far East is filled with dangers and adventures, and he also meets the fairytale character Princess Chamsom, who later becomes an important part of his journey. Eventually, he reaches the land of the Djinn, where he discovers that finding the fairy is not as easy as he thought it would be.

During his quest, Azur sees the harsh reality of the world and the treatment of foreigners in the land of the Far East. The film does a good job of creating an authentic portrayal of an Arab world while still drawing on the fantastic elements of the fairy tale style. The characters are vivid, making the fictional world rich and colorful.

Azur's experience in the Far East is not only about finding the fairy. He also learns about the culture and traditions of its people. He sees how Asmar is living in this culture and understands that he made a bad decision by leaving him. Asmar is working as a gardener, and when he hears that Azur is in the area, he rushes off to find him.

Asmar and Azur's reunion is not the reunion that either of them thought. Things are not how they used to be as they are now strangers. Despite the tension between them, they reconcile to fight against the evil queen, who seeks to kidnap the Djinn and enslave her. With the help of Princess Chamsom, Azur, and Asmar work together with the people of the Far East to fight the queen and defeat her.

Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest is a multi-layered fairy tale that addresses issues such as prejudice, identity, and the importance of unity. The film brings up interesting themes as it sets two Muslim-practicing boys, Azur and Asmar, against each other, diverging from each other culturally and ideologically. The film tackles the challenges of cross-cultural interactions by emphasizing personal associations and understanding rather than cultural prejudice.

The animation style is captivating, and the characterization is well done. The plot is not too complex, making it easy to follow, but it still manages to be engaging. The film strongly emphasizes the power of music and storytelling. The score by Gabriel Yared and the songs contribute greatly to the story's emotional depth and themes.

In conclusion, Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest is a visually spectacular animated film that combines the magic of the fairy tale genre with an authentic portrayal of an Arab world. The film addresses important themes while still managing to be engaging and entertaining. The relationship between Azur and Asmar is touching, and the message of the film is inspiring. The movie is suitable for families and children alike and is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale.

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  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 39 min
  • Language
    Classical ArabicFrench
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (3,575)