The Prince of Egypt

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Well-told story that's careful not to offend.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Some scary scenes.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the filmmakers have done a good job of making this film exciting and vivid while being careful not to offend anyone.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Dreamworks SKG's first animated feature is a respectful retelling of the story of Moses. The movie takes some liberties with the story, with Moses (voice of Val Kilmer) and Ramses (voice of Ralph Feinnes) raised as brothers who love each other deeply. But Moses learns that he was born a slave and that the man he loves and respects as his father, the Pharaoh Seti (voice of Patrick Stewart), once ordered the murder of the slave babies. Struggling with his new understanding, he impulsively pushes aside a guard who is beating a slave, and the guard falls to his death. Ramses promises to pardon him, but Moses runs away. He lives peacefully with nomads, marrying the spirited Tzipporah (voice of Michelle Pfeiffer), until he receives a message from God, telling him that he must return to Egypt and free the slaves. Ramses, by now Pharaoh, is at first happy to see him, but refuses to grant his plea to "let my people go." Felled by plagues that include locusts, boils, frogs, and, finally, the death of the first-born children, Ramses finally agrees. But just as Moses is leading the Hebrews through the parted Red Sea, Ramses arrives with his army. The Red Sea closes over them, and Moses and his people are free.

Is it any good?

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Presided over by former Disney-ite Jeffrey Katzenberg ("The Lion King") the movie has some astonishing visual effects, particularly a chariot race that rivals "Ben Hur" and the parting of the Red Sea. This story, central to three great world religions, should be familiar to most children. The filmmakers have done a good job of making it exciting and vivid while being careful not to offend anyone. The musical numbers are largely forgettable, but the characters and the story remain compelling. Ramses, loving Moses, but terrified of being responsible for the end of a dynasty, is, if not a sympathetic character, a flawed but understandable one. And Miriam and Tzipporah are strong, intelligent female characters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's themes of taking responsibility and the importance of freedom.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 18, 1998
DVD release date:October 26, 2004
Cast:Michelle Pfeiffer, Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer
Directors:Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner
Studio:DreamWorks
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:History
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:intense depiction of thematic elements

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGaara-Kazekage April 29, 2011
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5
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So wonderful, that they've made it a world wide film translated in over 100 languages.

It's been my favorite sinse I was little. Beautiful animation and soundtrack, and keeps a tad well with the story. Sure a few things are changed, but not enough to be frowned apon. It shows the horrors of slavery, and it expresses not to give up on yourself or God. There are a few small things that might scare children- (of course). Like, a few deaths (not really graphic) and the Angel of Death- which I used to be terrified of when I was younger. The song 'When You Believe' might make you cry because it was sang with such emotion, and there's almost no doubt that you'll love this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old July 8, 2009
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CLASSIC

this movie is a classic i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bydark rose April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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the ten commandments for kids

a good movie. warning: seeing this and the ten commandments can be EXTREMELY confusing. both state completely diff. facts

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