Directed by Rob LaDuca and Robert C. Ramirez, Joseph, King of Dreams was made when Hollywood was just feeling out the Christian base. DreamWorks had just made the highly successful Moses film: Prince of Egypt and then they attempted to duplicate their success and this one was good, but not quite as good.
It tells the Biblical story of Joseph interworked with music and song. Though they take some historical and artistic license, they actually were pretty close to the actually story found in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Now, they had to tone down certain things to make it kid friendly, but again, for the most part, it did its best not to stray.
With a stellar voice cast and great animation, this film is one of the best animated Bible films. It is very well made, but it lacks the heart that made Prince of Egypt so majestic. It relied a little too much on its music, with the first part of the film being one long song and then later the song Bloom sang by Maureen McGovern was a little out of place.
Other than that, it’s ensemble cast and talented animation brings Joseph, King of Dreams to life as a great story.
FAVORITE QUOTE: The explanation comes from God.
PARENTAL CONCERN: Mild thematic elements
- Ben Affleck – Joseph speaking voice
- David Campbell – Joseph singing voice
- Mark Hamill – Judah
- Richard Herd – Jacob speaking voice
- Russell Buchanan – Jacob singing voice
- Maureen McGovern – Rachel
- Jodi Benson – Asenath
- Judith Light – Zuleika
- James Eckhouse – Potiphar
- Richard McGonagle – Pharaoh
- Dan Castellaneta – Auctioneer, Horse Trader
- René Auberjonois – Butler
- Ken Campbell – Baker
- Steven Weber – Simeon, Slave Trader
- Jess Harnell – Issachar / Lead Trader
- Piera Coppola – Zuleika’s servant, Additional Voices
- Emily Eby – Servant
- Matt Levin – Benjamin
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