Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest
Raised on tales of a Djinn fairy princess, Azur -- a young Frenchman -- goes to North Africa in search of the sprite, only to discover that his close childhood friend, Asmar -- an Arab youth whose mother raised both boys -- also seeks the genie.
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- Michel Ocelot
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NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Arabic: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this French production's English-language version tackles issues of race, gender, class, and religion. Despite being set centuries ago, the story deals with more mature themes than many other animated films. The two main characters must overcome dangerous obstacles to save a fairy princess, all the while struggling with discrimination and cultural insensitivity. The majority of characters speak Arabic, and one character loves to point out everything that's "ugly" and "terrible" about the land's language and the people. Violence, while animated, is mostly realistic looking, with characters dueling, falling off cliffs, and facing trials of peril. The language includes mild insults and bigoted/superstitious remarks.
- Sexual Content
- Azur and Asmar each want to fall in love with the Djinn Fairy. Several couples dance and embrace. While it's not sexual, there is a glimpse of Jenane breastfeeding baby Asmar.
- Scenes of animated peril include characters being stabbed, falling to their deaths off cliffs, being tied up, fighting with swords, and having to overcome dangerous obstacles.
- Mild insults -- "idiot," "stupid" -- and taunting language: "I'm more handsome than you," "Your blue eyes are ugly," etc.
- Social Behavior
- The movie doesn't shy away from prejudice. At first, Azur and Crapoux talk endlessly about how awful/terrible/ugly the "land across the sea" is and how their country is much better. Azur won't open his blue eyes at first, because people think blue eyes are a curse. Azur's nobleman father is cruel to Jenane and Asmar, firing them and throwing them off his property. But eventually the two main characters, who were raised as brothers despite their different skin color and culture, collaborate and save each other's lives.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it