Azur et Asmar (2006)

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Director: Michel Ocelot
Cast: animated


An Arab woman nurses her own child with that of her noble master in a European country, but is banished when her charge is old enough to be educated. Once grown to manhood Azur departs in search of his lost companions and is shipwrecked in a land where he is viewed with hatred and superstition because of his colouring. There he embarks on a seemingly impossible quest to rescue the fairy of the Djinn.

The Review

The creator of Kirikou strikes gold again with this magical story that bears traces of the Arabian Nights and Tomb Raider! The moral is nicely pointed with humour and the drawings and colours are sublime. Something for children and adults alike here, and tellingly the Arabic is not subtitled so that we can feel as dismayed as our hero.