AMAZING ANIMATION: THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (directed by Simon Wells, Steve Hickner, and Brenda Chapman)
This is, without a single doubt, one of the greatest animated movies of all time. This movie is epic in scope, and yet manages to tell a beautifully personal coming of age story. A story of two brothers whose destinies will split them apart. I miss the days when animated films were held to a higher standard like this, when they had legitimate cinematography, metaphorical imagery, and gorgeous, hand drawn 2D animation. Twenty years ago, studios gave children way more credit than they are giving them today, and because of that we are getting more and more animated films that more or less all look the same. But here, we have a unique and breathtakingly original work of art!
The art direction is out of this world and so lush and stylized. The voice cast is STACKED and the singing voices are pitch perfect, singing one of the best scores, by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), to ever accompany an animated picture. PLUS, you have Hans Zimmer composing all the orchestral music and doing some of his best work. Add all of that together, with rich and nuanced thematic material that isn’t afraid to get dark and graphic from time to time, and you have one of my favorite animated films of all time. I could seriously frame over a dozen shots from this film. A crowning achievement!