Warner Bros. // 1993 // 28 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 14th, 2006
Let my people go.
Okay, this is my final write-up of these "Greatest Adventures" Warner Brothers Hanna-Barbera releases. I'm about burnt out on 2D Bible animation for now. So allow me to just paste the introduction from my Miracles of Jesus review:
Hanna-Barbera produced a series of Bible cartoons about twenty years or so. These shows featured straight-forward retellings of classic Bible stories, but with a weird twist: each episode featured three kids from "current times" (i.e. 1986). Derek and Margo are young archaeologists, and they're accompanied by their wise-cracking, comic-relief Bedouin pal Moki. One day, while poking around a dig site, they find themselves launched back into time, to when the happenings in the Bible were actually happening.
Up to speed? Good. Here, Derek, Margo, and Moki travel to old-school Egypt, and quickly end up in shackles, slaving away for the Egyptians along with the captive Israelites. Thankfully for them, they're mixing up pyramid cement just when Moses lands on the scene to deliver his God-given ultimatum to that hardest of hearts, Pharaoh (voiced by James Earl Jones). The three friends get to witness first hand the crazy drama and wacky plague-unleashing that besiege the hapless Egyptians. Nile River turning into blood and frogs and locusts and of course the smiting of all the first born males of Egypt -- Derek, Margo, and Moki are there through it all.
We also see some flashback action, as Moses details his encounter with the burning bush, leading up to his ballsy approach to Pharaoh's throne, where he flaunts his Divine staff. The Egyptian sorcerers are not up to the task and their illusions are literally devoured by the God Rod. The tension leading from this display to the assault of plagues finally forces Pharaoh to relent and allow the Israelites to take off. But just as Moses's flock thinks they're home free, they are shocked to see the Egyptian army hot on their tails. You all know what happens next: Moses asks God for help, and He does His thing to the Red Sea, parting it to allow the Israelites to march through, unscathed. The same can't be said for Pharaoh's troops, who get waterlogged when the walls of water collapse upon them.
Moses is a pretty complete recount of one of the most famous of Biblical narratives. It packs a lot of story into its 28 minutes runtime, and would qualify as a solid addition to any library of animated Bible tales. For the umpteenth time I'll echo myself and lament the fact that Warner Brothers felt the need to release these episodes one disc at a time, when they could easily have lumped a whole mess of them together.
That being said, if you want to get your cartoon Exodus groove on, dated as it is, Moses and his "Greatest Adventure" should scratch that itch.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 28 Minutes
Release Year: 1993
MPAA Rating: Not Rated