Azur et Asmar 2006

Critics score:
80 / 100

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Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: Gorgeous and mesmerizing, Azur & Asmar eschews computer-generated imagery to render a flat, storybook-style animation that never stops delighting with its ornamental detail, range of color and exotic story. Read more

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Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Is it too early to announce the most beautiful film of 2009? Two days into the new year, it's hard to imagine a more transporting cinematic experience coming our way than Azur & Asmar, an animated feature from the French writer-director Michel Ocel Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The tale of two brothers from childhood to manhood, it is rife with timeless storybook themes and offers an inspiring vision of harmony between different cultures, different people. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: This is a unique effort that art film crowds and families will both be able to appreciate. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Azur has the DNA of a captivating bedtime story, not a sugar-high Saturday cartoon. Read more

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Leslie Felperin, Variety: Despite once-upon-a-time setting, a modern, liberal sensibility informs story's plea for racial and religious tolerance, respect for women, and the virtues of cooperation and good manners. Read more

Michelle Orange, Village Voice: Adults will find the elegant combination of cut-out and CGI animation bewitching but the thematics unsubtle, at best. Read more

Jen Chaney, Washington Post: Combining cutouts with 3-D digital animation, Ocelot turns every frame of his film into a beautiful, dynamic page out of a picture book. Read more