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"Son of Alladin"

IT IS obvious that tremendous effort, time and money have gone into Pentamedia's 3-D animated film, Son Of Alladin. And the attempt is worthy of appreciation, fed as we are by the classic Disney animations that are unparalleled so far. While this may not match the character and feel of those films (Snow White, Lilo And Stitch, for instance) ``Son Of Alladin" is charming for its individuality. The animation does have its drawback in terms of the imperfect sync, expressions, movement, speed and facial contours. But an interesting story with a strong Indian flavour allows one to sit though it.

Alladin, the most lovable king rules Basra along with his wife. He is soon blessed with a baby boy. But there is an evil sorcerer Zeezeeba, who becomes extremely powerful. Naturally he wants to be the monarch of all he surveys.

But when the force from the fire prophesies that Mustapha, the son of Alladin, when he turns 21, will kill him the sorcerer is furious. He sets out trying to find the son of Alladin to kill him. But the child escapes thanks to his mother handing him over to her old nurse, who takes him away to a safe place. Zeezeeba turns his mother into a parrot and his father into a statue.

Mustapha grows up into a fine handsome young man. He happens to save a beautiful princess from bandits and in the process loses his heart to her. And so does she. And when he meets her again she tells him that to win her hand he must fulfil some conditions. Will he or won't he? And then of course he has to save his parents and kill Zeezeeba. The scenes on the sea are beautifully done. Pravin Mani's background score and one song, are catchy and capture the sprit of the desert very well.

The venture has an impressive array of talent putting in their best. Heading it is Singeetam Srinivasa Rao (story, screenplay and direction). The rest of the team includes, Mark Zaslove (script) Shushma Ahuja (co-director) Ravi Shankar GS (art director) Riyaz Babu (animation director) Alagarsamy M (visual effects) Pete Luciano, Glenn Coulthard, Joe Halls, Marty Croft, Cindy Carlton, Kareen Oliver, Allison Beecroft (voices).


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