The Prince of Egypt came out fifteen years ago today.

It was fifteen years ago today that The Prince of Egypt opened in theatres across North America. To mark the occasion, here are twelve things you may or may not know about the movie. (I would have come up with fifteen things, but didn’t have quite enough time.)

1. It came very close to being the first DreamWorks cartoon. It may seem hard to believe now, given that the DreamWorks brand has become associated with adolescent wise-ass humour and lots of pop-culture references, but when Jeffrey Katzenberg left Disney and co-founded the DreamWorks studio with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen in 1994, he aspired to epic greatness. After Katzenberg pitched the idea that animated films could take place on a grand scale like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Spielberg suggested that they make an animated version of The Ten Commandments (1956) — and the resulting film was supposed to help establish the DreamWorks brand. [Read more...]

Review: The Prince of Egypt (dir. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner & Simon Wells, 1998)

If you want to make an impression, it helps to have a prophet on your side. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former Disney production chief who co-founded the DreamWorks studio with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, wanted to prove that he could make animated films surpassing those of Disney in their technical prowess and artistic ambition. Spielberg suggested that he produce an animated remake of The Ten Commandments.

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Review: The Prince of Egypt (dir. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner & Simon Wells, 1998)

Feature-length animation is enjoying a renaissance. From Mulan and A Bug’s Life to Antz and Rugrats, animated movies have succeeded where more highly touted live-action features have failed. But audiences ain’t seen nothing yet: the most ambitious challenger to Disney’s throne is just around the corner, and it is, of all things, a rather grown-up cartoon about the life of Moses.

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