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near_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
1996_CD
,_,
analysts_NNS
remarked_VBD
that_CS
the_DT
year_NN
would_MD
be_BE
the_DT
last_OD
in_IN
which_WDT
disney_NP
would_MD
stand_VB
alone_RB
as_IN
the_DT
animation_NN
king_NN
._.
the_DT
following_JJ
year_NN
,_,
1997_CD
,_,
saw_VBD
the_DT
first_OD
sleeper_NN
entry_NN
into_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
from_IN
a_DT
studio_NN
other_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
magic_NN
kingdom_NN
:_:
twentieth_OD
century_NN
fox_NN
gave_VBD
baronial_JJ
russia_NP
to_IN
the_DT
masses_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
form_NN
of_IN
anastasia_NP
._.
at_IN
best_JJS
,_,
that_RB
's_POS
all_PDT
it_NN
was_BEDZ
--_???
a_DT
sleeper_NN
hit_VBD
,_,
designed_VBN
to_IN
surprise_NN
but_CC
not_XNOT
shake_VB
the_DT
industry_NN
._.
in_IN
1998_CD
,_,
however_RB
,_,
things_NNS
have_HV
been_BEN
decidedly_RB
different_JJ
._.
there_EX
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
number_NN
of_IN
pushes_VBZ
on_IN
disney_NP
's_POS
death_NN
grip_NN
on_IN
the_DT
market_NN
,_,
and_CC
fifty-one_CD
weeks_NNS
into_IN
'98_???
,_,
a_DT
new_JJ
champion_NN
has_HVZ
emerged_VBN
._.
dreamworks_NNS
'_"
the_DT
prince_NN
of_IN
egypt_NP
succeeds_VBZ
where_CS
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
conventionally_RB
animated_JJ
products_NNS
have_HV
failed_VBN
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
two_CD
contenders_NNS
,_,
warner_NP
brothers_NNS
'_"
quest_NN
for_IN
camelot_NP
and_CC
disney_NP
's_POS
own_DT
annual_JJ
entry_NN
,_,
mulan_NP
,_,
lacked_VBD
inspiration_NN
and_CC
drive_NN
respectively_RB
._.
although_CS
camelot_NP
was_BEDZ
borderline-abysmal_JJ
,_,
and_CC
can't_MD
really_RB
be_BE
considered_VBN
a_DT
shot_NN
at_IN
the_DT
title_NN
,_,
mulan_NP
had_HVD
the_DT
makings_NNS
of_IN
winner_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
saturated_VBN
with_IN
traditional_JJ
,_,
disney-cute_NN
animation_NN
,_,
and_CC
lost_VBD
points_NNS
against_IN
the_DT
rapidly-changing_NN
face_NN
of_IN
the_DT
competition_NN
._.
in_IN
making_VBG
the_DT
prince_NN
of_IN
egypt_NP
,_,
dreamworks_NNS
has_HVZ
strayed_VBN
from_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
these_DT
hallmarks_NNS
and_CC
created_VBN
a_DT
genuinely_RB
unique_JJ
product_NN
._.
the_DT
animation_NN
is_BEZ
flawless_JJ
,_,
and_CC
,_,
aside_RB
from_IN
a_DT
bug_NN
's_POS
life_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
best-looking_NN
movie_NN
to_IN
date_NN
._.
the_DT
animators_NNS
have_HV
nimbly_RB
mixed_VBN
both_RB
flat_JJ
and_CC
spatial_JJ
effects_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
3d_CD
/_SYM
3d_CD
combination_NN
is_BEZ
something_PN
that_CS
artists_NNS
from_IN
disney_NP
and_CC
fox_NP
have_HV
heretofore_RB
struggled_VBN
with_IN
._.
the_DT
key_JJ
to_IN
success_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
was_BEDZ
that_DT
the_DT
visuals_NNS
were_BED
used_VBN
not_XNOT
just_RB
because_CS
they_PP
looked_VBD
cool_JJ
but_CC
also_RB
as_CS
a_DT
method_NN
of_IN
advancing_JJ
the_DT
plot_NN
._.
namely_RB
,_,
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
action_NN
sequences_NNS
(_(
like_IN
the_DT
parting_NN
of_IN
the_DT
red_JJ
sea_NN
)_)
were_BED
done_DON
almost_RB
entirely_RB
in_IN
3d_CD
._.
dreamworks_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
studio_NN
to_IN
prove_VB
that_RB
they've_???
got_VBD
the_DT
stuff_NN
of_IN
success_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
they're_???
capable_JJ
of_IN
challenging_JJ
disney_NP
._.
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
well-written_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
characters_NNS
voiced_VBD
with_IN
talent_NN
._.
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
the_DT
plot_NN
follows_VBZ
its_PP$
source_NN
material_NN
--_???
the_DT
book_NN
of_IN
exodus_NN
--_???
although_CS
only_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
most_DT
general_JJ
sense_NN
._.
the_DT
writers_NNS
took_VBD
a_DT
few_DT
creative_JJ
liberties_NNS
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
do_DO
not_XNOT
damage_VB
the_DT
story_NN
in_IN
any_DT
way_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
the_DT
shakespearean_JJ
relationship_NN
between_IN
moses_NP
(_(
val_NP
kilmer_NN
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
pharaoh_NN
rameses_NNS
(_(
ralph_NP
fiennes_NNS
)_)
makes_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
more_DT
interesting_JJ
if_CS
anything_PN
._.
moses_NP
,_,
a_DT
hebrew_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
saved_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
slaughter_NN
of_IN
the_DT
firstborn_JJ
sons_NNS
by_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
when_CS
she_PP
sets_VBZ
him_PP
in_IN
a_DT
basket_NN
on_IN
the_DT
nile_NP
;_;
he_PP
floats_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
pharaoh_NN
seti_NP
(_(
patrick_NP
stewart_NP
)_)
's_BEZ
palace_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
taken_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
the_DT
royal_JJ
family_NN
._.
moses_NP
grows_VBZ
up_RP
but_CC
learns_VBZ
of_IN
his_PP$
heritage_NN
and_CC
flees_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
desert_NN
,_,
where_CS
he_PP
discovers_VBZ
the_DT
burning_JJ
bush_NP
and_CC
is_BEZ
commissioned_VBN
by_IN
god_NP
to_IN
return_NN
to_IN
egypt_NP
and_CC
free_JJ
the_DT
slaves_NNS
._.
by_IN
this_DT
time_NN
,_,
rameses_NNS
is_BEZ
now_RB
pharaoh_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
two_CD
brothers_NNS
,_,
now_RB
on_IN
opposite_JJ
sides_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
line_NN
,_,
face_NN
off_IN
in_IN
a_DT
battle_NN
of_IN
wills_NP
and_CC
divine_JJ
intervention_NN
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
of_IN
voices_NNS
is_BEZ
most_DT
impressive_JJ
,_,
and_CC
also_RB
includes_VBZ
such_DT
noteables_NNS
as_IN
sandra_NP
bullock_NP
,_,
jeff_NP
goldblum_NN
,_,
danny_NP
glover_NN
,_,
and_CC
steve_NP
martin_NP
._.
the_DT
script_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
have_HV
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
one-liners_NNS
in_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
god_NP
is_BEZ
reduced_VBN
to_IN
a_DT
voice_NN
that_CS
might_MD
well_RB
be_BE
mistaken_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
same_DT
one_CD
that_CS
spoke_VBD
to_IN
kevin_NP
costner_NN
in_IN
field_NN
of_IN
dreams_NNS
,_,
but_CC
overall_JJ
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
exciting_JJ
and_CC
interesting_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
decidedly_RB
for_IN
an_DT
older_JJR
crowd_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
tykes_NNS
who_WP
haven't_HV
had_HVN
a_DT
few_DT
years_NNS
of_IN
religion_NN
class_NN
will_MD
be_BE
hopelessly_RB
lost_VBN
._.
but_CC
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
make_VB
the_DT
bid_NN
,_,
the_DT
prince_NN
of_IN
egypt_NP
can_MD
be_BE
a_DT
great_JJ
watch_NN
._.