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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

World-renowned animators interpret classic Lebanese poetry.

Movie PG 2015 85 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 9+

I think it misses more than it hits in its whimsy.

A difficult adaptation. How do you condense the words of Gibran into a succinct animated film that is ultimately designed for children? A Herculean feat by any measure. I think the film falls short for a few reasons. Although the narrative is engaging the interjection of Gibran's timeless words feel a bit forced. And personally I ddi not think that Neeson was the right fit for the narration. There are inspired animated sections and the film feels quite whimsical, but the tremor of Gibran's words never seem to resonate past the imagery. A solid first attempt, perhaps there will be more. If you are looking to introduce Gibran's The Prophet to a child, maybe this would be a solid first step.
age 15+

Disturbing animation

There are alot of scenes and images which are not suitable for children to watch. There are alot of positive messages but the animation shown in it will be disturbing to an under age child.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (2):

A lovely if occasionally uneven exploration of Gibran's epic poem, the movie is visually beautiful and thematically inspiring, although a bit mature for the usual young fans of animated dramas. Hayek brought together nine different animators to bring The Prophet to life, and the result ranges from lovely to inspiring to overly sincere. The framing story looks more like big studio animation, and as Mustafa comes across various groups of people, he imparts his gentle wisdom on a variety of topics related to a life well lived: marriage, love, children, work, death, etc. -- with different animators interpreting the poems' messages.

By far the most beautiful segment is "On Work," directed by septuagenarian artist Joan Gratz, whose "claypainted" animation gorgeously captures the theme of how "work is love made visible." French animator and graphic novelist Joann Sfar directed the "On Marriage" vignette, an intimate tango that perfectly illustrates why lovers should retain a sense of self within their togetherness. The music always matches the mood: Irish crooners Damien Rice and Glen Hansard provide original songs, and Yo-Yo Ma contributed his talents to the evocative score by Gabriel Yared. As for missteps, Neeson's instantly recognizable Irish accent is miscast in the role of Mustafa, as is the character's change from a wise foreign-born teacher (in the book) to a doomed political dissident (in the movie). Kudos to Hayek for offering a way for younger audiences to connect to Gibran's words, but don't be surprised if younger kids are bored or confused by the film's philosophical musings.

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