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As the millennium turns, the crazed trend to produce direct-to-video sequels swells. Very few of these sequels are inspired, although most do not harm their origins. One might understandably pick up something labeled "from the makers ofThe Prince of Egyptwith trepidation. Happily, the makers leave Moses alone and tell the tale of another Bible star, Joseph, known for his coat of many colors and a fantastic destiny. Joseph (voiced by Ben Affleck), his father's favorite son, is sold into slavery by his jealous half-brothers. After years of struggle, Joseph rises to be the Pharaoh's trusted adviser when his gift for interpreting dreams pays dividends. The 78-minute feature is rich in color and features several strong songs ("Better Than I" is the standout) written by newcomer John Bucchino. The film's religious elements are secondary, yet its heart is in the right spot--a most agreeable stance for a wider audience.Princewas designed as an "event" movie and suffered in the hype and marketing. With lower aims,Josephis a more satisfying film and even invites the unexpected: we're ready for the next "sequel."--Doug Thomas
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CastBen Affleck, Richard Herd, Mark Hamill, Maureen McGovern, Jodi Benson
DirectorRob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez
Screen WriterRaymond Singer, Joe Stillman, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Marshall Goldberg
DVD Release Date:  November 7, 2000
Runtime:  75 minutes
Studio:  Dreamworks Animated
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review by . June 23, 2006
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Although it lacks the starpower and budget of its predecessor, "Prince of Egypt," "Joseph: King of Dreams" is a very ambitious film for the direct-to-DVD market. It features the voice talents of Ben Affleck(Daredevil, Gigli), Mark Hamill(the Star Wars trilogy, Batman: The Animated Series), James Eckhouse(Beverly Hills, 90210), Steven Weber(Wings), and Jodi Benson(Ariel of "The Little Mermaid"). It also features the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Maureen McGovern, Rene Auberjonois, Judith Light, and …
review by . February 26, 2006
This is Dream Works' 2nd attempt at an animated movie based on a Biblical story (note the word "based"...plenty of artistic liberty is taken). Though it can't hold a candle to "Prince of Egypt", it is a fair attempt and a pleasant movie to watch. My children sat thru it and enjoyed it. That's the sign of a good movie for a young person.     The animation doesn't seem to be top notch (or at least as well as Dream Works demonstrated in Prince of Egypt), but it was easy to get used …
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