Joseph: King of Dreams

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Animated Bible story too scary for very young.
  • NR
  • 2000
  • 74 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

This is a story of jealousy, revenge, and forgiveness. Joseph's brothers envy his special status and plot to get rid of him. When he rises to a position of power after years of strife, Joseph has a chance to get revenge on his brothers and forgives them instead.

Violence & Scariness

As in many of the best-loved Bible stories, violence is replete. Joseph's dreams contain scary images of wolves and destruction, beheadings, and birds feeding on human flesh. His brothers push him into a pit and sell him into slavery, and a slave auction is depicted. Sordid conditions in jail, including swarms of rats, are part of the story.

Sexy Stuff

Potiphar's wife makes romantic overtures to Josesph that culminate in her tearing at his clothes; rejected, she screams for help and accuses him of attacking her. Kisses and embraces between Joseph and his wife Asenath.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie, based on the Joseph story from the book of Genesis, contains more violence than the typical kids' animated musical. Joseph's prophetic dreams show wolves, destruction, beheadings, and birds feeding on human flesh. Joseph's brothers plot against him, selling him into slavery. A woman falsely accuses Joseph of sexual assault. Joseph undergoes horrific trials, from slavery to prison, but overcomes them to rise to a position of power in Egypt. The movie explores how he will deal with his brothers, given his status; will he get revenge, or show forgiveness?

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymamamandy October 7, 2011

good, but know your kids

for the most part I agree with the review. the movie does contain some things that may scare your children if they scare easily. mine are 6 and 7 and do not. th... Continue reading
Adult Written byMonera September 21, 2016

Dark but Inspiring

The movie is based of a story in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is very dark in many places, but less so than Prince of Egypt. The darkest part is more the... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 2, 2016

Nice story from the Bible

I found this movie a bit sad because the boy has a happy life and his parents love him but his brothers become jealous. Kids could find this movie very scary, t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCade537 May 12, 2018

A good animated bible movie

It's hard to watch this prequel right after watching The Prince of Egypt. While that film was amazing, this one kind of falls into the category of just me... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the opening song, Joseph (voiced by (Ben Affleck) is told repeatedly he is "a miracle child," whose special purpose God has not yet revealed. This infuriates his brothers, who labor in the field while their younger brother studies, draped in his many-colored cloak. The brothers decide to sell Joseph into slavery, telling their parents that he's been killed by wild animals. In the pharaoh's palace, working for Potipher and his wife, Joseph shows skill in dream interpretation, organizing, and managing. During a jail term for a crime in which he was falsely accused, he gains perspective and trust in God. Joseph emerges more powerful than ever. As a result, he is given a chance to make a choice: to seek revenge on his brothers or forgive them.

Is it any good?

Two years after Moses' story got the animated musical treatment in The Prince of Egypt it was Joseph's turn -- same winning formula, with A-list voice talent and even better animators. But it lacks Egypt's poignant tunes and powerful storytelling -- which is perhaps why it ended up skipping the theaters and going straight to DVD.

The animation is accomplished. Particularly compelling are the dream sequences, which almost look like animated Van Gogh paintings. For an animated kids' feature, there is a fairly high level of violence, from the brothers menacing Joseph to his grisly dream interpretations for fellow cell-mates in prison. His struggle with whether to punish his brothers is touching, as is his wife Aseneth's (Jodi Benson) counsel to her husband.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Joseph's brothers were so jealous of him. When Joseph was put in jail by Potipher what was it that helped him through the solitary weeks and months? Why did Joseph put the drinking chalice in Benjamin's sack of grain? Do you think it was difficult for Joseph to forgive his brothers?

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