A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn more about an Old Testament story.
Retelling and reinterpretation of The Book of Exodus from the Old Testament. Themes of fulfilling responsibility and the importance of freedom while doing good deeds and taking care of your community.
Positive Role Models
Female lead characters are strong and independent. Moses is good, kind-hearted, and cares about others.
All the characters are drawn with brown skin and dark hair, but the voice cast is almost entirely White. Lead characters Miriam and Tzipporah are strong and independent women, though they still ultimately need the love of a good man.
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Violence & Scariness
Scary scenes involve slavery. Babies are dropped and thrown into crocodile-filled bodies of water. Enslaved characters are whipped, hit, and generally abused physically and verbally. Moses kills an overseer of enslaved people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During a chariot race, Rameses is on a road above Moses; Moses looks up and says "it's not much of a view" as Rameses' short uniform exposes his rear.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine is dumped on the heads of two merchants by two royal brothers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Prince of Egypt is an animated musical based on the Bible's Book of Exodus. It follows the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to becoming God's chosen prophet. There are scenes of enslaved people being whipped, hit, and verbally and physically abused. Babies are dropped and thrown into crocodile-infested waters. Moses kills an overseer of enslaved people. Rameses' short uniform exposes his rear during a chariot race. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie has some astonishing visual effects, particularly a chariot race that rivals Ben Hur and the parting of the Red Sea. The filmmakers of The Prince of Egypt have done a good job of making a traditional tale exciting and vivid, with compelling characters, though the musical numbers are largely forgettable. Rameses, loving Moses but terrified of being responsible for the end of a dynasty, is a flawed but understandable character. And Miriam (Sandra Bullock) and Tzipporah are strong, intelligent women.
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