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Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest

Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest
  • 2006
  • Spain/Italy/Belgium/France
  • 99 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michel Ocelot
  • Written by: Michel Ocelot
  • Cast: Cyril Mourali, Karim M'Riba, Hiam Abbass, Patrick Timsit
  • Language: Classical Arabic, French
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Childhood buddies Azur and Asmar become rivals and enemies in a medieval Maghreb. With the action taking place in North African Islamic architecture and over-populated bazaars, the colourful palatte of the animation and 'Arabian Nights'-style storyline is a welcome throwback to the days before Pixar tore up the rulebook. A compassionate and mature film based on classic legends rather than popular culture.

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Azur and Amar: The Princes' Quest

31 Jan 20084 stars

In Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest writer and director Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Princes and Princesses) opts to use digital technology over the hand drawn animation technique that livened up his ‘Kirikou’ trilogy. The technology might…

Azur and Asmar: The Prince’s Quest - interview with Michel Ocelot

31 Jan 2008

Name Michel Ocelot Born Villefranche-sur-Mer, France in 1943 Background While Ocelot spent much of his childhood in Guinea, West Africa and his teenager years in Anjou, he now lives in Paris. He made his name by writing and directing the Kirikou…

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