The Prince of Egypt
Moses was born a slave and raised to be a king. He was
hunted as a fugitive, yet he was appointed to be the
greatest lawgiver in history. These great ironies
in the life of Moses ring into action with high drama as
they are described in detail throughout the Biblical book of Exodus.
The Prince of Egypt is the first major animated film from DreamWorks SKG, the multi-faceted
entertainment company co-founded by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey
Katzenberg in 1994.
According to Jeffrey Katzenberg (who produced some of Disney's biggest animated hits
before founding DreamWorks), "the integrity of the film is proved by its high level of
attention to Biblical accuracy and narration, and its equally detailed attention to
the historical record."
Katzenberg and his talented staff sought advice from 558 people including Bible scholars,
clergy, religious leaders, Egyptologists, and Biblical archaeologists. Pat Robertson, Dr.
James Dobson, Billy Graham, and Dr. James Kennedy are just a few of many Christians consulted
by DreamWorks concerning the story line of this film.
However, Katzenberg points out "that as filmmakers, he and his staff reserved the right to
take some dramatic license to punctuate the story line but rejected making any wholesale
This film opened December 18th in theaters everywhere.
||Animated biblical epic
||7 yrs. & up
The talents of 350 animators, artists, and technicians converged to tell the
story, along with the voices of Val Kilmer (Moses), Sandra Bullock (Miriam),
Jeff Goldblum (Aaron), Ralph Fiennes, Danny Glover,
Steve Martin, Helen Mirren, Michelle Pfeiffer, Patrick Stewart,
& Martin Short.
- Biblical or moral worldview, principles, perspective, or character
- Extensive Christian worldview or elements,
Gospel witness or positive reference to Jesus Christ
Miscellaneous (gambling, revenge, theft, blackmail, etc.)
Naturalistic nudity (not in a sexual context)
Very clear God-honoring, theocentric, false-religion rebuking,
Biblical worldview where God is the hero behind the scenes
& false-religions are exposed & rebuked; no language problems;
violence done very effectively but tastefully so that
the audience knows that the first born are being killed
& that the angle of death is passing by but don't see the
gruesome act of violence, water turns into blood, & many
plagues & boils; pictures of children being thrown into the
river clearly showing that they are little baby boys, but
nothing excessive or salacious; some suggestive clothing,
one shot up a man's tunic revealing underwear; one shot of
buxom woman behind veil who turns out to be servant who was
bound & gagged; no sexual activity; no alcohol use; no smoking;
and, clear portrayal of Egyptian religion & a little suggestive humor.
Review by Ted Baehr
I laughed; I cried; and, I was inspired!
The Prince of Egypt takes animated movies to
a new level of entertainment. Magnificent art, music, story, and realization combine to make
The Prince of Egypt
one of the most entertaining masterpieces of all time. This movie is so far beyond what has come before that it
must be seen to be believed.
The Prince of Egypt tells the biblical story of
Moses in a dramatic way. The beginning credit informs us that certain aspects of the story have been slightly
changed for dramatic purposes but the essence, the truth and the majesty of the story have been honored. The
credit also tells us to read the full story in Exodus. Having arranging for many top theologians to give
their advice on the movie, it is a joy to see that the movie is so entertaining and so theologically sound!
In the beginning, the Israelites are slaves in Egypt. From God's perspective, as the Egyptians kill the
first born infant sons of their Israelite slaves, as Moses' mother, sister and brother rush to the river
Nile to set him afloat in a basket so that he will have a chance to survive the bloody holocaust.
Miraculously, little baby Moses escapes all of the tribulations of the river and is rescued by the
Queen of Egypt. Thus, he is brought up in Pharaoh's home, as one of his sons, competing with his
brother Ramses in a wonderful, lighthearted, thrilling, yet telling way.
Moses instigates mischief, and Ramses gets blamed for it. The Pharaoh explains that Ramses
is going to have to accept the responsibility of the crown and the Egyptian kingdom that goes
with it, a burden that Moses does not have to bear. Pharaoh explains that he is tougher on
Ramses because there cannot be a weak link in the dynastic chain. Moses, in turn, asks only
that Ramses be given a chance to lead.
At the ensuing banquet celebrating the Pharaoh's passing of more authority to Ramses, the
Egyptian priests present Ramses with a beautiful Midianite slave. When she proves too
independent, Ramses turns her over to Moses, and, when she escapes, Moses goes searching
for her, only to meet his real siblings Miriam and Aaron and to find out that he is,
in truth, born of the Israelites.
Confused, Moses confronts Pharaoh. Realizing the truth, Moses tries to protect one
Israelite slave, only to kill an Egyptian in the process. Distraught, he escapes
into the desert where he eventually rescues three little Midianite girls from brigands.
Thus, he stumbles into Zipporah's tribe, the Midianite slave who fled from Egypt.
Zipporah's father Jethro, high priest of the Midianites, teaches Moses that every person
is valuable, and that he must look at himself from God's point of view. Eventually, Moses and Zipporah
Years later, while searching for a lost sheep, Moses comes face to face with his destiny and with
his God, in the burning bush. God sends Moses back to Egypt to free his people and gives Moses
the ability to do wonders so that Ramses will know that God sent Moses.
Ramses is happy to see Moses back. Amused by Moses' request to let the slaves go, Ramses treats
Moses' displays of God's wonders as simple parlor tricks, which his high priests can replicate.
Eventually, however, Ramses understands that Moses is serious, as he recalls that he cannot be
the weak link in the dynastic chain of Egypt's Pharaohs. Thus, the power of God confronts the
false powers of Egypt to free His chosen people. The rest of the story is more magnificent and
powerful than can be described.
The artwork in The Prince of Egypt is beyond what has ever been done in an animated film before.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, who used to head production at Disney, wanted to do it better, and he has.
The music is Broadway quality, uplifting, powerful, singable, memorable, enjoyable, and relevant.
The direction has brought many fine acting voices to a new level of excellence.
There are some frightening scenes in the movie: the plagues, the angel of death visiting the first-born
Egyptians, and the hieroglyph showing the death of the first born of the Israelites. The Egyptian
priests are dark and sinister. Their gods are frightening. The confrontations with the true God
are awesome in the traditional sense. Therefore, this is an animated epic aimed at an older
audience. However, in light of all my years of studying cognitive development, I don't think
there is anything here that a younger audience can't watch as long as there is parental involvement.
The good news is that, at a time when false religions are rampant, The Prince of Egypt proclaims
the sovereignty of God and His miraculous intimate involvement with mankind. The Prince of Egypt
shows the need for virtue, integrity, character, and the Ten Commandments. The movie clearly shows
God acting in history. Best of all, it foreshadows the work of the Prince of Peace, who leads all
those who asks out of their contemporary bondage into wonderful freedom in the kingdom of God.
Many books will accompany this movie. Many sermons can be preached about it. But, the bottom
line is that The Prince of Egypt is entertainment at its best.
Magnificent entertainment, The Prince of Egypt takes animated movies to a new level
as it dramatizes the biblical story of Moses and his call from God to lead the Israelites
out of Egypt. The Prince of Egypt combines magnificent art, music, story, and realization
to make one of the most entertaining moral masterpieces of all time.
Magnificent entertainment, The Prince of Egypt takes animated movies to a new level as it
dramatizes the biblical story of Moses and his call from God to lead the Israelites out of
Egypt. By the grace of God, Moses is rescued from Pharaoh's command to kill the firstborn of
Israel. Ironically, he is brought up in Pharaoh's home as one of his sons. Eventually, Moses
comes face to face with God in the burning bush. Finally, Moses uses the power of God to
reveal the false powers of Egypt and to free God's chosen people.
Magnificent, groundbreaking art, music, story, and direction combine to make The Prince of Egypt
an entertaining masterpiece. Although the movie contains some scary scenes, it
contains nothing that little children can't watch as long as parents are involved.
The Prince of Egypt proclaims the sovereignty of God and His miraculous involvement with
mankind. It shows the need for virtue, integrity, character, and the Ten Commandments.
The movie also clearly shows God acting in history. It foreshadows the Prince of Peace,
who leads all those who ask out of their contemporary bondage into freedom in the kingdom
of God. The Prince of Egypt is entertainment at its best.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Director: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner & Simon Wells
Producers: Penny Finkelman-Cox & Sandra Rabins
Writer: Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
Review By: Dr. Ted Baehr & Jimmy Stewart.
The review section of this film is a selected sample of informative reviews from
Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, a syndicated feature of Good News
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