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Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (2006)

Azur et Asmar (original title)
Raised by the same woman, the dark-complexioned, Asmar, and the flaxen-haired, Azur, set out on a quest to a strange and magical land to liberate the enchanting Djinn-fairy; but, only one can save her. Will the brothers be triumphant?

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Michel Ocelot

Writer:

Michel Ocelot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyril Mourali Cyril Mourali ... Azur (voice)
Karim M'Riba Karim M'Riba ... Asmar (voice)
Hiam Abbass ... Jénane (voice)
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Crapoux (voice)
Rayan Mahjoub Rayan Mahjoub ... Azur enfant (voice)
Abdelsselem Ben Amar Abdelsselem Ben Amar ... Asmar enfant (voice)
Fatma Ben Khell Fatma Ben Khell ... La Princesse Chamsous Sabah (voice) (as Fatma Ben Khelil)
Thissa d'Avila Bensalah Thissa d'Avila Bensalah ... La Fée des djinns (voice) (as Tissa Bensalah d'Avila)
Sofia Boutella ... La Fée des elfes (voice)
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Le Sage Yadoa (voice)
Jacques Pater Jacques Pater ... Le Père (voice)
Tayeb Belmihoub Tayeb Belmihoub ... (voice)
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... (voice) (as Franck Olivier Bonnet)
Carlos Chahine Carlos Chahine ... (voice) (as Carlos Chahime)
Mohamed Damraoui Mohamed Damraoui ... (voice)
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Storyline

Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. As grown ups, they mercilessly become rivals in the quest years later, when Azur is being haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn-fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek it out. Now reunited, he finds that she has since become a successful merchant, while Asmar is now a member of the royal guard. However, Asmar also longs to find the Djinn-fairy, and only one of the two youths can be successful in their quest. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, some mild action and peril | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France] | Dionet [Spain] | See more »

Country:

France | Belgium | Spain | Italy

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

25 October 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Azur & Asmar See more »

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Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Trademark: [Michel Ocelot] [silhouettes] A woman singing under a canopy is seen only in profile, rendered as a solid black silhouette. Later, when Azur and Chamsous Sabah climb a tree to get an overview of the city, they and the branches of the tree are similarly silhouetted against the blue twilight sky. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jénane: Azur...
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Soundtracks

Chanson Berbère
by Afida Tahri
Composed by Gabriel Yared
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beautiful fairytale
3 November 2006 | by bigmomma_christineSee all my reviews

I was moved to tears by this simple yet so aesthetically pleasing fairy tale. The moral of the story is not layered too thickly on top, but still there's no way round it: this is about respect, tolerance, prejudice and open-mindedness.

The oriental influence in style, music,language........is wonderfully inspiring and is a very much needed anti-dote for the negative light in which the Mediterranean cultures are usually presented.

Beautiful music (and silence!); splashes of color; a very tactile movie.

Absolutely a favorite for me and my children!


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