Watch: Trailer for ‘Lion King’ Director Roger Allers’s New Film ‘The Prophet’

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GKIDS has released the trailer for the mixed-media anthology feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which it will debut in New York and Los Angeles on August 7, followed by a national expansion:

Spearheaded by the Mexican/Arabic actress Salma Hayek and directed and written by The Lion King co-director Roger Allers, the $12-million-budgeted film is based on Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran’s beloved 1923 poetry classic The Prophet.

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As evidenced by the trailer, the film’s anthology approach feels almost like watching a mini-animation festival. The film’s “chapters” were created by nine animation directors, each working in their own unique style: Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog, Cheatin’), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“Firebird Suite” in Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick) and Mohammed Harib (Freej). Allers’s wrap-around narrative was created with cel-shaded CGI designed to look illustrative.

The Prophet will be the opening night film of the Annecy animation festival next month. Its voice cast includes Hayek, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, and Quvenzhane Wallis, with musical contributions by Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Yo-Yo Ma, and Lisa Hannigan.

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  • Chicken McPhee

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait!

  • sidney

    Definitely on my must-see list.

  • AtFan

    Looks great! I really want to see this.

  • Josh Moore

    If anyone wants a film that’s a throwback to 90′s/early 00′s Disney and Dreamworks, this is for you.

  • J.S

    Yep, i’m going to see that.

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    I was already excited about this, but this trailer has really amped it up.

  • Mark Marderosian

    I can’t believe how much they did on that relatively “small” budget.
    Had not heard about this. I’m definitely in.

  • Harrison

    Well I’ll probably be seeing this if I can. It’s one thing to have a great looking film, but the cherry on top for me is that Tomm Moore will direct a segment.

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    Seeing the different styles intrigues me greatly. Would love to see this when it’s available.

  • jumaz

    The animation styles look great, but the thread that hold it together looks terrible hopefully that will be minimal, and that song oh god mine ears.

  • http://www.bluemonkeysfrommarz.com/ BlueMonkeysFromMarz.com

    I’ve never like cel shaded CG but it’ll be a small price to pay to see such a great looking and ORIGINAL animated feature.

  • applemeh

    Especially Irish ;)

  • ferrat

    Looks spectacular.