Cinema: A Peek At The Promised Land

Will DreamWorks' first animated feature be a Zion King? See for yourself

From the start, it was apparent that DreamWorks founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen had made an ambitious--and risky--choice when they decided that their first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, would be a retelling of the story of Moses. "You can't deal with this like some trivial fairy tale," Geffen admonished Katzenberg, who was chairman of the Disney studio during the making of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Lion King. Prince of Egypt, which will open Dec. 18, has to entertain, but it must also have a grandeur befitting its subject matter.

The DreamWorks animation team seems...

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