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Think of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by “The Lion King” director Roger Allers.
It’s a lovely work, imbued with all the sweetness a Who’s Who of great animators can give it.
Gibran’s book was huge in the 1960s, and it feels fresher here than it has in ages, although the visuals are stronger than the music.
Gibran’s little life lessons have been turned into three-minute haiku by different animators and spread across the film. Each one soars (especially clay painter Joan Gratz’s color-bursting snippet, “On Work”), even if the plot holding them together is frustratingly Disneyish.
Slant Magazine
A consummate sampler platter of the bounty of state-of-the-art animation currently available as alternatives established major-studio house styles.
Village Voice
Paley's segment proves that The Prophet is more of a missed opportunity than an ambitious folly.
The movie achieves the kind of rhythm of an opera, alternating between arias of animated poetry and the recitative of normal speech.
The audience's response to The Prophet is likely to be determined by their feelings for the original book rather than the eclectic, imaginative visuals.
A work of words as lovely as “The Prophet” deserves a better artistic interpretation than this animated venture, which consists mostly of pedestrian, ’70s-quality visuals.
This collection of eight mini-sermons falls flat.

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