center>
The Prince of Egypt
(part 3)

VISITOR RESPONSES:

MY FAVORITE FILM -AND NOT JUST CAUSE I'M A GIRL
Subject: Prince_of_Egypt
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002
From: Emily

I saw The Prince of Egypt when I was about... ten, was it? Um, 1998 was the year it was released... I'm thirteen in February...er, yes! I was ten! So anyway, I was ten years old. I had rarely read religious books, even for my age group, but I knew the story vaguely. I was also unfamiliar with Dreamworks.

I was completely electrified by The Prince of Egypt- and not just because I was a ten-year-old girl. Yes, I did like the songs, but only because I basically like music and the Hebrew in them interested me. My mother, then a grown woman with three kids, also liked the movie, even if she did have to put up with my little brother (then a small baby)- and not just because she's a mum. We liked it because we thought it was a good movie, with animation that I, personally (although at that age I wasn't rating the animation in movies unless it really sucked) loved. I loved, and still love, the way the people looked- I had been exposed to drawings of Exodus people with blonde hair, blue eyes and brightly coloured, immaculate clothing- and the voices, even if they were American, suited the characters. I am a serious writer and have decided that if my stories are ever televised, I will help with the casting. Because the people in my stories are English, French, South American and other nationalities, thinking about it now... I even think I don't suppose casting people Americans to play Ancient Hebrews in an animated feature is that mad. IF IT'S PULLED OFF PROPERLY!

At the tender age of ten, something that I really liked about this movie were the vast amounts of children in it. Although none of them were in speaking parts (as far as I can remember), other films seem to have scores of adults, teenagers even- but they are devoid of people whom the younger audiences can relate to. For some time, I liked to imagine what those kids must've felt like... leaving the land where they'd spent all their lives, moving on to better things. This is a point that will probably make everyone roll their eyes, but the look of the kids in this film was one I really liked. They looked really happy and suitably scruffy (I have a certian love for scruffiness, maybe because I'm the living definition of the word!). AND NOT ONE PERSON IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE WAS BLONDE! (No offense to blonde people. I mean, I am a blonde person, but- GET- IT- RIGHT-! The Ancient Hebrews were not blonde!)

The movie became my favourite film. Although I now have other favourites (anything with Drew Barrymore in it, the Harry Potter movie, Shrek, Antz and Chicken Run, if you're interested, and I'm guessing you're not), but it is a movie that really got to me. It made me feel good to see it, and it makes me feel good even now- and for reasons beyond my being young, a girl, a music-lover and a kid.

NIT PICKY SPEAKS
Subject: I'm so nit picky
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000
From: Casey

Greetings. I did not like this movie. i'm sorry to say. i'm so nit picky, that my nit-pickyness just destroys movies for me. Did anyone notice that the nose of the sphinx was back on after Moses and Ramses caused it to be knocked off? I've only seen the movie once and noticed that. Anyone notice the extreme speed of Ramses and his men when they miraculously caught up w/ the jews while going across the sea? Warp 10! haha. Anyone notice how young Moses was? anyone notice how greatly Moses spoke? anyone notice how miriam and Zipporah got along? Last i checked Miriam didn't agree w/ Zipporah and moses' marriage. and last i checked Aaron did all the talking and Moses wasn't under 30 when this all happened.

Also, I HATE when disney mixes computer animation w/ old fashioned animation. it just looks too roger rabbit-y to me. i could totally tell what was computerized in the movie, and it just looks bad to me. I can honestly say i do not like disney cartoons anymore and i refuse to watch them when they mix old and new like that. I could mainly see it when Moses' mother was placing the basket in the river..the river and the basket were computerized, and the people were not. just looks tacky to me..i guess i have bad tastes since hardly anyone i know agrees with me. And don't say i dont' know what i'm talking about, because i've taken animation classes and i know what i don't like.

Was it Ramesses the II in the movie? Cause i saw his mummy a long time ago in Charlotte NC, not in the bottom of the sea. But i'm glad to see God in the movie, and i'm glad it showed the mightiness of God and how he can work through people (the parting of the sea and whatnot--even though the sea looked too real and not animated at all). I'm afraid that cartoons and especially cartoon movies are getting abit toooo real, and losing their Animated quality. Soon, the word Animated won't mean the same thing as it did before. Before computer graphics came along and invaded Disney. haha. I laugh at my nit-pickyness, but still hate the movie

Response: As good as computers are, it still takes the srtist human element. -David

POE FULL OF FEMINIST PROPAGANDA
Subject: POE FULL OF FEMINISM.
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000
From: "trgantt"

I WAS NOT IMPRESSED BY PRINCE OF EGYPT IT I FOUND IT FULL OF TODAY'S FEMINIST VIEWS. MACHO WOMEN, MIRIAM WITH MOSES AS OPPOSED TO ARRON WITH MOSES. WHEN MIRIAM IS PROBABLY NOT SPOKEN OF AT ALL DURING THE TIME OF THE PLAGUES. I AM SO TIRED OF POLITICALLY CORRECT FEMINIST PROPAGANDA IN EVERY THING MADE TODAY BY THE MOVIE NETWORKS.

Response: You seem to have a narrow grid. POE is very balanced. Somehow I feel sorry for you. May God help you.

MASTERPIECE
March 9, 1999. The Prince of Egypt is truely a masterpiece. Definately one of my favorites.

SENT CHILLS DOWN MY BACK
Feb 8 1999, POE is awesome!!! I would suggest that everyone see it atleast once. The animation was fabulous. The parting of the sea brought tears to my eyes and chills down my back. It was fun to watch and kept me up on my seat. As a new Christian, i felt that it was very informative. I rented The Ten Commandme the next day after I saw POE, and althought it also was a great movie, I had more fun with POE. --Joe

'FORCES OF NATURE' WARNING
Jan 1, 1998. Just got back with our kiddies from seeing "Prince Of Egypt" (POE.) It's not Cecil B. DeMille, but it is very well done. One warning: you will want to show up five minutes late so as to miss the movie previews that are before the main feature (previews called "trailers"). POE has a trailer for "Forces Of Nature" (FON), a romantic comedy, and the FON tralier includes dialog and scenes of the story's leading man performing as a stripper in order to make money in a hurry. I was shocked, and immediately complained to the theater manager who told me that they had no choice because Dreamworks SKG (who produced both POE and FON) sent explicit instructions that the FON trailer be shown with POE. What's the world coming to?

19 YEAR OLD SAYS TOTALLY AWESOME
Dec 31, 1998. Wow what a totally awesome movie. As a 19 year old I never really grew to liking the Disney movies all that much but this one sure as gotten me. Sure the animation was superb and yes the vocals and songs powerful, but what I enjoyed most about it was the fact that not much was taken away. After seeing this movie in the theatre I was quite surprised that the movie had been rated G. There are some issues that might be suggested to be PG rated. Well done DREAMWORKS on such a fabulous job on keeping with the story. Thank you for no dumb talking animals but for the reality of it all. I walked out of the theatre with many children who were just as awed and inspired as I was. -Leslie Vermeulen

IT CHANGED MY KIDS
Dec. 28,1998. I read many reviews of this film. I was extremely cautious about this film, but my children wanted to see it. I was concerned that "God was missing" from the story. I am not going to try to even match the in-depth and eloquent reviews on this site. Suffice it to say, as a minister ... I spent as long discussing Biblical concepts with my 4- and 6-year old children as we did watching the movie. They had more questions than I ever imagined they would. It was, without question, the most profitable moment in my children's short lives for them ... and for me. Their hearts were opened to God in a way I have never experienced with them, and they both verbally confirmed that Jesus lives in their heart at many points in our conversation. "The majesty of God" was so prevalent in this film, that I had to ask my children if we could continue the discussion about God the next day. Two days later, My son partook in his first communion, and once again we were discussing the story of "The Prince of Egypt" as it related to the communion symbolism. We have the sound track, and both of my children sing "Deliver Us" by heart already (it is their favorite song, right now). "What is this song about, daddy?" I will buy this movie, watch it with them again ... and with great anticipation until then, continue to discuss our Father in Heaven with them. "Jesus Christ, Superstar" was another product of "unbelievers." To this day, it challenges me to reach out to my Father, and become all that I can in His Name ... as much as it did when I was 10. I credit that play with directing me toward the Lord Jesus Himself, as much as anything ever has. I feel that this animated production could very well have the same kind of result in the lives of my children. Praise God!!!!
-RLC the 3rd.

IT BROUGHT ME BACK TO THOUGHTS OF GOD.
Dec. 28, 1998. I am interested in learning more about the history and interactions of Moses and Rameses. What references are available that discuss the positions that Moses held in the Egyptian society before he killed the Egyptian taskmaster. I was told that Moses was responsible for some of the architecture during Seti I reign as Pharoh. Is there any truth to this and again, what references are available. I saw the POE on Christmas Day and enjoyed it very much. After seeing the film, I went back and read the chapters of Exodus. Although there were some textual liberties taken, I too am greatful for it being a catalyst in bringing me back to thinking of God. -LeMoyne Fletcher

BREAKTHROUGHS AT THE EMOTIONAL/AFFECTIVE LEVEL
Dec. 27 1998. I loved your visual review of POE and agree completely. I think some of the most important breakthoughs are at the emotional/affective level. Writing the story of Moses as a Prince of Egypt, "son" of Pharoah, brother of Pharoah, loving his parents and brothers in Pharaoh's palace, living happily as one of the oppressors, and blind to the oppressed, was a stroke of genius. It made me wonder why no one (to my knowledge) had ever done it before. This wonderful backstory added immeasurably to the spiritual depth of the film regarding Moses's "conversion" the slaughter of the overseer, going back to his brother, and the horrors of the plagues, and the destruction of Pharaohs' army, for these were not impersonal issues, but the battles of Moses' war within himself. He broke from the only family he ever knew, and was instrumental in its destruction. Not easy to deal with, (apparently even for the writer of Exodus who leaves a pretty big gap between 2:1-11), but telling this story as DreamWorks did was pure inspiration. Made me think of the somber part of the Passover Seder when 10 drops of wine are removed from the cup, since joy can never be complete when others are suffering in the world. -Jon Zuck

PARENTS AND KIDS CLAPPED, IT WAS PITIFUL.
Dec. 26, 1998. Although it is not going to change your mind, I just returned from seeing POE and nearly all my misgivings were confirmed. The singing was sappy. The staging looked to me like they are preparing POE to go to Bway along with Lion King. Moses never aged. the slaughter was not put into context. The story line, of course, was substantially tinkered with. Oh, yes, the graphics were wonderful. The voices dramatic. but where was G-d in all this?
     Perhaps I went to the movie with a chip on my shoulder, wanting to be shown proof that the movie was what it was hyped to be, but it was a big disappointment. I do not see who the market is for this. My sense is it is largely children from 5-12, especially girls. Why else all those songs that only (in my biased view) little girls could hear without being at the edge of retching. I was furious that the role of G-d in all this was so minimized. the opportunities to contrast the G-d of the Hebrews with the gods of the Egyptians was lost in the quick-scrolling through the plagues. What an opportunity that would have been to show the escalation. Totally lost in this movie. And as I complained earlier, the slaughter of the Hebrew babies and its connection to today's slaughter ...mushy. But then any real content would have scared off the preteen girls for whom this thing is clearly meant. The special effects were truly outstanding but to what end? I kept thinking of the Lucifer image, the light that is dark. And, just as I predicted, so much like Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Nazis opened the Ark ...no originality there at all... the animation was very uneven in quality, especially the piece where Moses ran into the desert. The so-called "humor" I found the most offensive of all ...the clownish and evil priests ...why not have Laurel and Hardy do the voice-overs? And the inane camel chomping on Moses' hair... there was so little artistic integrity in this pastiche, I cannot believe that so many people were taken in. The story needed no adaptation in my view...why bastardize such an incredible piece of humanity's history? In my view, it is one thing that the Hollywood types decided to do this but to have all the religious types docilely fall into line, for a little pottage of tweaking here and there is beyond understanding... I half expected to see a Ken dressed as Moses running off with his Desert Barbie. i would love to do a series of focus groups with all sorts of kids and see what they got out of it, the ones that were not familiar with the Moses story. And then let's show a control group Heston's 10 Commandments. What a lost opportunity. What a sacrilege. I am so sad about this and what it says about this nation's leaders. The artistic tastelessness of this pap is one thing, but the retreat into mawkishness by spiritual leaders is deeply distressing. As you can gather I am far from being any fan. But this will be with us for decades, more's the pity. No point in posting this (which I would only allow anonymously) since this movie is about as honest and religious as Bill Clinton. I don't need a reply but I would be interested in knowing if my views are so different from everyone else who has weighed in and who has no vested interest of any kind, as I don't have any vested interest. BTW, at the end of the movie, which in my theater was filled with kids and parents, there was a pitiful amount of clapping. So I think these people failed even in their goal to reach their
market. Perhaps it is, as Jesus said, proof once again that a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Consider the sources: any great religious models there sofar as you know? That's it. You have the email return, should you wish to comment. I'm going to bed now, after thoroughly brushing my teeth to get the taste of the POE-sun out of my mouth.

NBC DATELINE PROMPTED ME
Dec. 25, 1998. It bothers me to participate in the wordly commerce of Christianity, but I must confess, I enjoyed the movie immensely. What prompted me to break down and go see it, with my children, was a NBC Dateline piece. 2 things moved me: 1) The producers willingness to change the words to one of the songs (although the first verse still says 'you can work miracles'), and 2) The parting of the sea - clearly the most miraculous miracle ever depicted on film or television! Today, we react to special effects like we do magic -fascinating, but obviously not real. But since we know that one day in ages past, the waters of the Red Sea really did stand up as walls, this animated visual moved me like little else in life has ('didn't our hearts burn within us?' !!!)! It touched my spirit deeply. For I know that one day, as I stand at the shores of the sea of death, my prince will be there with his tree. and through him, God will part the waters of death and make a way for me through to the promised land! So many nuances of moses' character are done so well! Crouching at God's chastisement from the bush; Weeping for Rameses at the death of his son; The expression on his face when the pillar of fire comes, when the people turn to him, when he turns to the sea, and then his resolve of faith to step into the water. All of this on the face of a cartoon character. Well done!  Some things were poorly done: you're up against the big boys now; The spirit stopping to check the doors for the blood - this lead my daughter to wonder why they didn't put blood on the windows also. I explained that the blood was not a magic potion - they were passed over because of their obedience; The plagues were poorly done - but did you notice that the nile water was not bloody around the hem of moses' cloak?!?! There are glaring scriptural deficiencies: Pharoah sought to kill moses when he killed the Egyptian; Aaron spoke for Moses; The passover food is an inexcuseable omission. All in all, how can one not conclude that God is serious about his dealings with man after viewing the movie? And any thinking, unsaved movie goer could not miss the implication that only those who were covered by the blood passed through the waters. I will recommend it highly. One last comment for the Southern Baptist who observed DreamWorks stepping up to fill the vacated place of Disney (boycott, etc.) would not the products of Dreamworks/Spielberg show them to be guitly of the same crimes as Disney? We cannot escape living in the world (although we certainly do not require movies for our sustenance!)  M.C. - Orlando, FL

"NO NAME HATES POE" RESPONDS AGAIN
Dec. 24, 1998. I just read your edited version of my review
(SEE BELOW, NO NAME HATES POE) of Prince of Egypt. With all due respect, you completely misread my email and your subjective --granted it is your web site-- editing of my pertinent questions regarding POE was disconcerting. You left out critical elements of my critique of POE, namely the financial backing of Christians to a company run by men who do not follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. To suggest my remarks as anti-semitic mean one of two things: you have an overblown sense of your self-importance (which you ironically accuse me of) or you innocently misread my honest heart-felt opinion. "The wealth of the unrighteous is stored up for the righteous" the Bible tells us. The problem is we keep giving it back and we need to honestly evaluate (don't you agree?) who we support and the lifestyles (therefore their world-view) they propagate. I don't care if the person is Jewish, Italian, Irish, Puerto Rican or a fullblooded WASP. My passion is Jesus and I am dedicated to seeing His Kingdom established, but the kingdom of DreamWorks is competing with me and their using your money.
MY RESPONSE: Your point is, the "financial backing of Christians to a company run by men who do not follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior." So, where do you shop for groceries? Which phone company do you use? What car do you drive? What garden hose do you buy? Why are you on the internet? You obvisiously buy and sell from non-Christians all the time! Your hate for rich Jewish producers still comes through, even in your attempt to cover it up. Why do you hate Jews and homosexuals? Does Jesus?
HIS RESPONSE: Mr. Bruce you have suggested that someone you know nothing about hates Jews and homosexuals. Then after accusing me with inflammatory language you ask me in a round about way "Do I hate Jesus" Let me fill you in on a secret that you are not privy to (because you do not know me): I love People. I have walked the streets of Atlanta during the Summer Olympics praying with men who sell their bodies to other men. Many of these men are not gay, while others are. They do this to feed habits of addiction, or just to eat or make money so they will not have to sleep on the streets. I remember many of these men by name. One in particular told me later, after an amazing God-appointed conversation, that he listened to me because he could see in my eyes love. This love he referred was not some distant, nebulous love, but rather the love of Jesus shone through my eyes to a man in desperate need. So your having the audacity to accuse me of hatred toward people of Jewish backgrounds or homosexuals does not really affect me. However, and forgive me for feeling this way, it shows a remarkable lack of wisdom and sensitivity on your part. So I adjure you once again to post my entire (unedited) original email and answer the questions posed. Unless of course you do not believe there were any points that could spark meaningful dialogue. But please, do this web site a favor and leave personal and ignorant attacks toward me alone.
MY RESPONSE: It is not "Jewish backgrounds" that you react against, rather "financial backing of Christians to a company run by men who do not follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior" namely, "Spielberg, Katzenburg (sp?) and Geffen" and especially "neurotic (Katzenberg), a brilliant, yet non-believing Jew." This is your point. I am sure you have many good qualities. I am sure you have helped many people. This is good. Point remains, you don't like the POE team because they are Jewish and you encourage Christians not to support them on that basis. Simple.
HIS RESPONSE: No, no, it is not that simple. Mr. Bruce please pay attention. Whenever you see a movie you say in essence "Please make more movies with this star or make movies that portray this certain world-view" The movie viewer has the power. Their likes/dislikes rule the market place. It is called demand and supply. When I see a John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Anne Archer, Richard Gere movie I assure their continued viability in Hollywood. These 5 individuals come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. They are all wealthy and exceptionally white. However, 4 of them are Scientologists and the other a Tibetan Buddhist. Please Mr. Bruce defend the poor helpless Scientologists and the Tibetan Buddhists with all your editorial and politically correct might. I have left DreamWorks out of this most recent attempt to make my initial point--which was the need of a viable Christian studio that produces and makes movies as well done and highly financed as the one I used as my case in point (POE).
MY RESPONSE: My father did not enjoy Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments' because Edmund G Robinson was one of the stars. My father felt to buy a ticket for the film would be a "vote" for Mr. Robinson's socialist views. But, my dad was wrong. The film was not an extension of a socialist world-view. Similarly, to say that 'Civil Action' or 'Pulp Fiction' promotes a Scientology world view because John Travolta stars in these films is to make the same error my beloved late father made. There are just so many different kinds of people involved in the production of a movie. And each person is very individual. And yet, all are loved by God including the homosexuals, Jews, Scientologists and Tibetan monks. You are certainly free to not support any film you do not want to see for what ever reason you may have. My father rarely ever saw a movie, he had problems with so many actors that thought differently than he did.
     A viable Christian studio? Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures produces some very good Christian films, but not every one involved in the films is a Christians. Did you know that John Travolta's brother stared in one? And the star of the Bill Bright's Campus Crasade for Christ 'Jesus' film is an agnostic. And so it is.
     Your comment about
'poor helpless Scientologists and the Tibetan Buddhists' sounds just as demeaning as your comments about Jews and homosexuals.
P.S. If you would like to continue this conversation please give me your e-mail address so we don't have to talk back and forth in this public arena.  I would like to talk to you more privately.

EXCELLENT AND SOPHISTICATED
Dec. 21, 1998. I thought POE was excellent, well worthwhile for anyone to see (i.e. all ages). One small comment - I thought that the movie was aimed at people at least 8 or 9 years old (with some individual variation, of course). There are a lot of places where sophisticated story-telling techniques are used, i.e. many parts of the plot are depicted or alluded to rather than spelled out in dialog. There is no narration whatsoever.
     As an example, kids under 8 might be confused for awhile, when the scene of the Pharaoh's wife finding the basket goes pretty much directly into the scene of Ramses and Moses as teen-agers. Adults and older kids should be able to pick up that we have gone 15 years or so into the future, but I had to quickly whisper to my 7-year old what was going on.
     Such techniques make the movie more sophisticated for adults and older kids, which is appreciated, but I thought I would notify those with younger kids to keep this in mind. - Ken

I WANT REVERENCE NOT REVERY
Dec. 21,1998. The film has merit in so far as it depicts the biblical account. Obviously the visual appeal adds greatly to the impact of the Exodus chronicle. However, the performing artists, I feel, detract from this. Traditional orchestration would far better have carried the message. The nit of the critics lies here -- there is an artistic inconsistency between the music and the message. We don't want pop culture gospel. We want the message of Scripture adorned by reverence not revery.

GREAT TOOL
Dec 20, 1998. I was amazed by this movie. The animation was amazing. I really thought this depicted the story in a wonderful way. It is a great tool to minister to all.

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE DISNEY
Dec. 20, 1998. Saw POE last night - unbelievable! The animation was superb - head and shoulders above anything Disney has ever done. As for the story, it's essence is biblical and if non-believers go to this film, they will be touched. And if they are, maybe they will investigate the Bible and even check out church to find out more. I have no real problems with POE considering this is a secular film made with big bucks and big talent. Let's just pray that the response will be enough that more biblical-based (large-scale) movies will be made in the future. -Jon Sampson

MOSES WAS A JEWISH HERO
Dec 20, 1998. The movie, while technically beautiful, left me with a rather hollow feeling. God seems to be an afterthought. What bothers me about the comments is the "Christian" take which seems mainly fundamentalist and/or evangelical. And the person who objects to the Jewish makers of the film just "doesn't get it" Moses was a Jewish hero before the Messiah, and Moslems count Moses as a great prophet. Are Christians the ones with a monopoly on truth, morality, etc. I don't think so. Doris Ann Norris
My Response: The comment to which Doris refers to is "No Name Hates POE" which you will find below.

MOVING FILM
Dec. 20, 1998. It was a very moving film and i hope they make a 2nd one--and like this, keep true to the word of God. -Matt

MAKE MORE BIBLE FILMS
Dec. 19, 1998. I think it's so awesome that you took all the time you did to do this. It was enlightening and truly refreshing to see something Biblical on the big screen and so much famous support. They should be making more Bible movies. If you have any new news on this flick or others to be released, please let me know. Praise God!!!! -Sarah
My response: Good news, DreanWorks is working on Joseph. The bad news is it will go straight to video.

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS CAN FEEL GOOD
Dec. 19, 1998. I concur with the Christian who said we should support this film 100%. I have not seen it yet, but with all the previews and reviews I have seen, it seems to be spectacular. I have bemoaned the fact for years that there is so much biblical and Christian fictitious material to make powerful animated movies that companies like Disney either ignore or twist to their own philosophical ends. Praise God that, finally, Hollywood has produced a film that Christians and orthodox Jews can feel good about seeing. Hopefully this is the beginning of a wonderful new trend. Now if Spielberg would only do just as powerful and accurate a version of the life of Christ, since Hollywood has NEVER produced such a movie that came close to the true majesty and greatness of Christ's life. -BN, Massachusetts

STUNNED BY SYMBOLS
Dec. 19, 1998. I saw the movie two days a go and I was impressed by the drawings and the wide scenery. After reading this pages I was stunned by all the symbols which were used in the movie and which I did not know or recognize.

GO SEE IT.
Dec. 19, 1998. This movie is great, go see it. If ANYNOE has any mp3s from the film, please send a mail and inform me. -Per. My email is:
per@nwc.bd.se

MOVIE HELPS MINISTER OVERCOME DEPRESSION
Dec 18, 1998. My name is Allen.  I am twenty-four years old and a  student at a Divinity School. I have been a licensed  minister since 1994 and also a television and movie "fanatic." I came across your sight and let me tell you it is excellent!
     I stumbled onto your sight by accident, trying to find the address to  DreamWorks on the WEB. I saw a sneak preview of their new movie Prince   of Egypt and it was Awesome! I saw it at a time when I was battling  some major depression and stress and I know that God used that movie to  meet my needs. I often ask the question: "Who ministers to the  Ministers?" Well I know that this movie ministered to me and I wanted  to let DreamWorks know how grateful I am.

"NO NAME" HATES POE
Dec. 18, 1998. I have some concerns, both philosophically and morally, with the incredible support (financial and rave-reviews) Christians are giving to DreamWorks. The owners of DreamWorks, as everyone knows, are Spielberg, Katzenburg (sp?) and Geffen.  These men are brilliant marketers, they know their largest target audience. They have pacified us accordingly and off we go tomorrow to help finance 10 other movies that will defame the God of Moses, Abraham and me.
My Response: I did not post the whole letter. Elements of it seemed to me to be hateful and very anti-Jewish (especially rich Jews). Another part dealt with one individual's sexual orientation as a criteria for  rating the value of a film. Its sad. The writer has strong opinion and little humanity, or at least little love for those different from himself. I must remind this fellow human that both Moses and Jesus were Jewish. To be anti-Jew is to be anti-Jesus. 

WORTHWHILE FOR MY CHILDREN
Dec. 12, 1998. All I can say is WOW! It's about time that America produced a worthwhile animated movie that to which I would be proud to take my children. Not only take them, but let them listen to the soundtrack, learn the words, etc. I think this is a movie that will cause as much controversy as excitement, but it is a movie that is finally worth the attention it will receive. I commend Dreamworks for the effort and the guts! -sbsmith

WONDERFUL REVIEW
Wonderful article one of the best critics I´ve ever read!!!

EVERYONE GO SEE IT
Nov. 27, 1998. My name is Nicole Mitchell. E-mail angel_face21@hotmail.com Although the movie hasn't come out yet, from the clips givien on the net I have to say the this movie is going to be great. The animation is so life like. Two-thumbs up to the movie, creators, and the animators for such a great job. I hope everyone goes to see this movie, children, teenagers, adults as well as elderly. Very up lifting! :)

HEADED FOR ACADEMY AWARDS
Nov. 29, 1998. This movie looks awesome. I've only seen the preview and I already think it's heading the academy awards. When the preview finished me, my mom, and everyone else in the theater had their eyes and mouth wide open. I was amazed PRINCE OF EGYPT was being done by Dreamworks. I mean how many movies today talk about "The one true God". I think it's pretty cool that they stuck, pretty much, to the story.  Mike C.
mnc2004@hotmail.com

FINALLY!
I AM THANKFUL THAT CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER BEING OVERLOOKED IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY. FINALLY A MOVIE THAT IS RELATING TO THE WORD OF GOD AND TO HAVE SUCH DETAIL BEING PAID TO THE ACCURACY OF THE WORD OF GOD. I PRAY THAT MORE MOVIES ARE MADE BASED ON THE WORD OF GOD SO THAT MY FAMILY WILL ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS UNTO THE GLORY OF GOD !!!! CATHY

GOING TO BE BIG
Nov. 30, 1998. Hi, my name is Jason. I am a Southern Baptist and I want to say that POE looks like it is going to be big... VERY BIG. I have waited for a long time to see Disney do something like this. But it looks like Disney is backing out for spite of what is going on between them and the Southern Baptist community. I commend DreamWorks for doing this. I respect and honor the challenge. - riddloe@bellsouth.net

BIBLICALLY ACCURATE? POE IS FICTION!
Dear Mr. Bruce, You provide a very well-produced, glowing review of The Prince of Egypt, closing with the statement "...this film is biblically more accurate than "The Ten Commandments."
     I am not sure how you made such a comparison. And what did you mean by "accurate?" Perhaps you counted the number of events told in the Bible and made a check mark each time one appeared in each film. Perhaps you took careful note of each idea presented in the films and compared them to similar ideas presented in the Bible. Perhaps you felt that the backgrounds, clothing and props were more reflective of the Biblical period in the most recent film. I am not sure you used any of the above as your criteria, for it could be argued that the DreamWorks film would not "win" on many of those counts.
     Perhaps you felt that this film better represented the intent of the Bible. But any statement about meaning and intent has long been open to interpretation. It is as if you suggest that the Bible itself endorses The Prince of Egypt---at least over The Ten Commandments. If you meant to say only that you enjoyed Prince of Egypt more than The Ten Commandments, well...me too!
    Over 40 years ago, Cecil B. DeMille went to great pains to convince the movie-going public that his film presented the authentic tale. He was so successful that millions now confuse ideas he dreamed up with the actual words of the Bible--after all, many would rather watch a film than read. It does not benefit anyone (except the films' producers) to say that either film is accurate in any way.
    Perhaps you could have better served your public by clearly stating that both films are works of fiction based in part on a Biblical narrative, other literary sources, and the fertile imaginations of the films' creative staffs. The films used only those elements of the Biblical story which the writers felt would advance the tales they wished to tell. Elements that did not do so were not put into the films or were changed to fit the purpose and enhance the dramatic effect. These two movies will continue to entertain and inspire audiences for years to come, but if one is interested in Biblical accuracy, one should be encouraged to look to the Bible.
     You are, therefore, to be credited with providing a translation of part of the biblical narrative, but it is inexplicably stopped in mid-story. I would have preferred the rest, at least up to the point where the corresponding film ends. On the other hand, such an abrupt end may encourage readers to open up the original and read on!
-Sincerely, Scott E. Meyer

My Response: The film does present a fictional account Moses' youth, to be sure. This is why I quote the Scripture portion which you noted. I believe, however, that the fictional aspects in the film are more in line with other Bible stories (e.g. Jacob and Esau) than are the fictional aspects of The Ten Commandments. Your statement, "The films used only those elements of the Biblical story which the writers felt would advance the tales they wished to tell" goes to far. I believe the starting point for POE was the biblical story and that the film uses creative and fictional elements to fill in areas where the Bible is silent. The film is also effected by considerations of cinematic flow and animated retelling for a broad audience, hence, liberties were taken with the biblical text. But, never the less, a brilliant film, few preachers could have recaptured this story as well.
     More importantly, this film also follows an amazing pattern set out by Spielburg in his films involving spiritual faith. In CLOSE ENCOUNTERS we encounter the mountain (Mt. Sinai) as holy. In INDIANA JONES we discover the remarkable power of the Ark (Torah). In SCHINDLER'S LIST we encounter a modern Moses liberating Jews from the holocaust. In AMISTAD we encounter slavery as an unholy evil. In ET we meet the messiah and life out there. All of these themes are in POE. It is in this sense that POE is more than fictional, it is profound truth reflecting some of the most important issues of our day. It is about liberating nature of God's Word. If this is not biblical accurace in terms of real truth than I don't know what is. In POE we feel the very heartbeat of God.
Additional note: Scott E. Meyer is a scholar who I have come to admire. His research on The Ten Commandments is impressive. I feel honored by his contribution.

DIZZY FROM CHARIOT RACE
Nov. 21, 1998.  Great movie, great theme! I saw POE last night in New York at the private screening. The animation is spectacular. I actually became a little dizzy from "being on the scene" with Moses and Rameses during the chariot race. There should be a part II.

FROM  POE WEBMASTER:
As a webmaster of "www.spielberg-dreamworks.com/poe" I am dying to see this film. It will become the best film ever made.

SUPPORT POE
Christians, now is our chance to wholeheartedly support a movie. I want to vote with my $$$ early and often to make this movie a huge success. I have boycotted hundreds of movies for their antiChristian content. Now I am eager to create as much PR for this movie as I can. To God be the Glory! -Kathryn Baker.

FOR PRESCHOOLERS?
I am interested in the movie. It looks great. I am excited about an animated movie with a Biblical theme rather than wizards and warlocks. I am concerned about the rating. Is this a good movie for a preschooler to see? Leighanne
MY RESPONSE: I have viewed the completed film. There are no problems for preschoolers.  But, some preschoolers may not be right for the film.   It's over 1 1/2 hours long and this is not Rug Rats.  Toodlers may get restless.  It all depends on the preschooler.  If they could sit through Lion King, take them. They will love POE.

REAL STORY?
(Nov. 2, 1998) I saw the 1st ad last nite on t.v. "WOW"; !! I just tuned to this site last week, and I knew you would have some insight to the movie. my wife and I both thought "I bet they will kill the real story. So, I said to myself that I would check your site for some background. Great job. I hope to be a frequent visitor . God bless -Joe Toth

LOOK THE SAME ANIMATION
Although I haven't seen the actual film, I can see a lot of time and effort has been put into trying to remain biblically correct. This in itself makes a huge statement to the Christian audience and is well appreciated. I have a concern about all of the "latest" characters in the animated film industry looking alike. Although Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, etc...are from Disney, the characters in Prince of Egypt look the same as all the other characters. Even though the lead female characters are from different origins, they still seem to all look alike and have very similar voices. My children as well as many others have voiced this opinion and are ready for a "different" look. Can you comment on this? Thank You,

My response: Some of the same animators worked on many of these. Same artists, similar style.  POE is different, however.  As I was watching it I never once did I think of the Disney films to which you refer.

A HISTORIC FILM
I will have to say that Prince of Egypt is going to go down in history. I can say this as a Christian and a would-be animator. It is a film with power, and everyone should see it!

AMY GRANT  IN POE
Oct. 24, 1998. I just listened to Amy Grant sing "Hope Set High" during Billy Graham's television special last night. She was her usual wonderful self!
     I'm enthusiastically looking forward to hearing Amy sing "River Lullaby" as Baby Moses floats among the rushes in "Prince of Egypt."
Respectfully, John Runkle

EXCELLENT
This looks like an excellent movie. We can't wait to take our entire family. We've already told our friends and family about the preview. God Bless In Jesus name.
-Freddie Lomelin Sr.and family

CAN'T WAIT
David, Hooray for DreamWork's. I am really impressed with this selection for there first animated feature. Both kids and adults can enjoy it. I wish it could come out sooner.
-Frank W.

HELLO FELLOW ANIMATORS
Well done to those in the Animation Division who worked on The Prince of Egypt. Hello to those I know!
-Chris Hopkins

WITH RYAN AND ANTS
Local big screen preview before "Saving Private Ryan" featured "Ants" and "Prince of Egypt" ... looks great! Nice to see this theme behind the animation wonders.
-Michael Anthony

MOVE OVER DISNEY
Wow, just saw the previews for Prince of Egypt. This is going to be an incredible film. If the parting of the Red Sea scene that was featured in the previews is indicative of the rest of the film all I can say is "move over Disney."
-Dan Ross

POE NOT PC? 
I am pleased that care is being taken with this film to be as sensitive as possible to the Jewish and Christian communities however I am concerned that the era of Rameses II is yet again being portrayed as the era of the Jewish stay in Egypt. It would seem that not as much care is being taken to put the story into proper historic context. The communicating of world faiths is crucial to developing a harmonious world community but we must also get our history into perspective to understand the evolution of society. The influence of dynastic Egyptian culture on the modern world should not be belittled or demonized.
Kind regards, Morag

MY RESPONSE: True we don't know when the Children of Israel were in Egypt. Some scholars, however, think it was during Ramose ll.  Will we ever really know?  I think the point of the film is that slavery of any people is wrong and Egypt did enslave people, as did America. America is nonetheless important as is dynastic Egypt. I don't believe demonizing Egypt is the point of the film. The Prince of Egypt doesn't demonize ancient Egypt any more than Amistad demonizes America, or Schindler's List demonizes Germany. All nations and every people group have been involved in crimes against others, "There are none righteous, no not one... All have sinned" -the Bible.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PART ONE
Reference: Several sources including Susan Wloszczyna, "Sneak peek at an epic from DreamWorks," USA Today, 1/9/98.

Images © DreamWorks. All rights reserved. Dreamworks SKG, is the intellectual property holder of 'Prince of Egypt', & hold copyright over the movie, characters, merchandise & storyline.