YMMV: The Prince of Egypt

  • Acceptable Targets: The Egyptian gods are portrayed as being fake, and on top of that, as being creepy and sinister.
  • All Animation Is Disney: A frequent victim of this perception, more so than DreamWorks' other 2-D animated features.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • From the source. Ramses in Ten Commandments is more villainous and doesn't care for Moses. In this version, Ramses is raised as being Moses's brother, and acts much more... brotherly to Moses, even hugging him after he went missing.
    • God. Let's just leave it at that, shall we?
    • During "the Plagues" Moses sings about all the innocent Egyptians who suffer due to Ramses' stubborness. The Egyptian children aside, one might argue that none of them were innocent due to all of them relying on the Hebrew slaves.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Notably subverted with a vengeance. While still a family film, it pulls little to no punches in depicting things such as Moses' murder of an Egyptian, the destruction of Pharaoh's forces during the Parting of the Red Sea, and especially The Plagues. However, given that it was know to be an animated adaptation of the Book of Exodus, NO ONE expected it to be pretty colors and talking animals, and parents knew full-well what to expect when bringing their children to see it. This was one of - and still is - one of the strongest selling points of this film.
  • Award Snub: Lost ALL of its Annie nominations to The Iron Giant. (Though Giant was hardly a slouch.)
  • Awesome Music: As a musical, the film contains many songs of both emotional and artistic resonance, and has earned several awards for its soundtrack. Special mention goes to Ofra Haza who voiced Yocheved, Moses's mother, and sang the opening song ("Deliver Us") in seventeen different languages for the various dubs of the film, including her native Hebrew,
    • Again, the multi-lingual "When You Believe" should get a mention. For some context, the song sung in Hebrew by a children's choir as the Hebrews left Egypt is a translation of Miriam's song from the Bible:
    ''I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously,
    Who is like you, Oh LORD, among the gods?
    Who is like you, glorious in holiness?
    You in your mercy have led forth the people whom you have redeemed
    I will sing! I will sing! I will sing!''
    • "The Plagues" deserves mention for combining the deeply personal rift between Moses and Rameses with the wrath of God unleashed upon Egypt, wrapped up in a dark reprise of, "All I Ever Wanted."
    • The Burning Bush. If there is any way to personify God through music, that is it. Beautiful, gentle, powerful.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The music is awesome — with the arguable exception of "Playing With The Big Boys Now", an overblown musical number with an anticlimatic ending, as God's snake eats the priests' snakes in a fraction of the time the whole song takes.
  • Ear Worm: "Through Heaven's Eyes, though not the song itself, but mainly, the chorus . Look at your life through Heaven's eyes. La-La-La-Lai-Lai-Li-Lee-De-Lai...
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The movie ends with Moses returning to the children of Egypt with the ten commandments in hand. Anyone familiar with the story of Moses knows what happens next. He smashes the tablets in anger of seeing the Israelites having built the golden calf, and sends the Levites to kill 3000 people. Unless you believe it was the second time around, which is happier, but still pretty bitter.
  • Evil Is Sexy: While downplayed compared to more prominent examples of the trope, Rameses easily qualifies—though it may have more to do with his Egyptian clothing than with being evil. Also, if feeling sympathy for him is a major factor to his sex appeal, then this may be more a case of Draco in Leather Pants.
  • Genius Bonus: The nightmare that reveals Moses the truth on his heritage, represented by moving carvings on the wall, ends with Moses' carving in an image of a sun disk with rays ending in hands. That particular sun disk is the symbol of Aten, that, in one short-lived Egyptian religion, was the One True God, Creator and Bringer of Life.
  • He Really Can Act: Somewhat. Who would've ever thought Ralph Fiennes could actually sing?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ramses, He may have some good sides, but his ego and actions against the Israelites outweigh the pros.
  • Magnum Opus: For Dreamworks, at least with their classically animated films. Their CGI ones have many contenders.
  • Memetic Mutation: Moses slowly backing away from Seti in horror has become a very popular reaction gif.
  • Mondegreen: A line from the otherwise dramatic song The Plagues (in particular, the second "I. SEND. MY. SCOURGE.") has not uncommonly been mistaken for "I. SEND. MY. SMURFS."
  • Moral Event Horizon: Seti crosses this when he tries to rationalize slaughtering all the Hebrew babies, starting off with the line, "Oh, my son, they were only slaves." It's this that causes Moses (and the audience) to lose any possible respect for him. The worst part is he actually thought it would make Moses feel better.
    • Ramses sees the death of the Firstborns as this for Moses, as it isn't until after the 10th plague that he actually attacks the Hebrews.
    • It could be argued that Rameses himself crosses it when he declares genocide on the Hebrews during the ninth plague:
    "You Hebrews have been nothing but trouble! My father had the right idea how to deal with your people, and it's time I finished the job! And there shall be a great cry in all of Egypt such as never has been or will be ever again!"
  • Older Than They Think: This wasn't the first adaptation of the Exodus to portray the Egyptians and Hebrews as looking middle eastern nor the first to have Moses and the Pharaoh of the Exodus be childhood friends. Both of those go to the Moses episode of "Testament: The Bible in Animation." The portrayal of Seti with his "They were only slaves" line draws comparisons to the episodes Ramesses where he asserts that a Pharaoh must be just to Egyptians only.
    • That isn't even the half of it! The Testament episode also features the turning the Nile to blood with the Pharaoh on a boat. And you know what? It is done a hundred times better! It is during a religious festival and the water turns to blood while the Pharaoh drinks from a bowl filled with water from the Nile, shocking the Egyptian priests.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jethro, who manages to get a truly amazing song out of it.
    • Yocheved, too. She's only there for the first few minutes of the movie, but by God is she memorable.
  • Popularity Polynomial: A textbook case, starting off as quite successful, then largely vanishing off the face of the Earth. Between its appearance on Netflix, and a more positive reevaluation of Dreamworks animation following films like How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda, its fanbase seems to grow every day.
    • Several positive reviews/mentions by Doug Walker have also done wonders in helping people [re]discover this movie.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Pillar of Fire and the parting of the Red Sea easily rival anything seen in live action films; and God, in the form of the Burning Bush, still looks amazing.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's an animated take on the events in Egypt as told in the Bible. Including the slaying of the firstborn children. You don't see that often in a kids' movie. At the time, its PG rating was unusual for a Western animated feature that wasn't clearly intended for adults only; even The Hunchback of Notre Dame went out with a G!