Arjun: The Warrior Prince

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Arjun: The Warrior Prince has decent animation by Indian standards which equate to very average ones by international ones, notwithstanding the differences in budgets. Also, the great epic has been tinkered around with to no advantage.

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Director: Arnab Chaudhuri
Running time: 100 minutes
Genres: Animation, Mythology
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The quality of animation in the Walt Disney logo video (producer), despite repeated views, gets your hopes up for the animation film coming up. And of course, you are disappointed with the first scene. But, it won't be surprising if the money spent on that logo video is close to that spent on the whole Arjun: The Warrior Prince. Given that, I understand it's an unfair expectation and comparison. Even so, the faces and expressions in our animation is far behind.

The backdrops on the other hand are much detailed. Even the patterns on clothes and jewelry is pretty intricate. Even the long shots, are conceptualized really well, the colors, the formations in the war sequences are aesthetic. Then, why the lack of imagination in the facial expression department. 2-3 variations each of how eyebrows, eyes and lips move are the only things you see. Same goes for body language and any movement - be it trees, water or animals. All these movements do come across as a few frames are missing between two gross movements.

These things take away a lot from the experience of an animated film. Sure, some of these must be a function of money available but a lot of it also comes across as lack of talent. Another department our animated films lack in is the voice animation. That too doesn't have as much variation and thus distracts from the story being told.

Mahabharat, the war itself - the events it encompasses, the many characters and their complex relationships - is humungous enough for a movie to cover in entirety. We know, the events leading up to the war are far beyond a single session of story-telling. So, it is indeed unfair to expect a 100-minute to cover it all. And thankfully, Arjun: The Warrior Prince doesn't attempt to do it all either. It clearly conveys that it intends to tell only so much and the rest is either to be looked up outside the film or it indicates that there is a part 2 coming up. However, seeing the war of Kurukshetra as epilogue text was hilarious.

Like one would expect, it is assumed that we know of the central characters from earlier on. While I'm glad only few characters are explicitly introduced, the abrupt way in which characters are brought into the picture is rather disconcerting. As if no time was spent in thinking about how and when the character should blend in with the story, case in example, Bhishma Pitamah.

Then come some liberties taken with the great epic. While some are acceptable as input by the maker like a tall Gandhari accompanying a short, blind Dhrithrashtra or the short and stout Shakuni (who is the tall Gandhari's brother). But there are others that are a no-no. For example, the way in which the chakravyuha formation of soldiers is shown - it didn't look like a maze at all! Not to mention its use in the Virat war with Arjun and Abhimanyu together is questionable. And a few other such changes in story, while wanting to narrate the story as we know.

For a film titled Arjun: The Warrior Prince, I'd expect a lot more of Arjun's point of view. They do try, but it still feels like episodes one might have heard from a grandparent as a bedtime story. There isn't much more insight than that.

Arjun: The Warrior Prince works as much as a comic strip book about him would. Except for much more intricate backdrops sans the speech/thought bubbles.

- meeta, a part of the audience

21 reviewers(?) - 17 yays 3 so-so 1 nays

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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...ARJUN THE WARRIOR PRINCE needs to be watched for its animation, for its storytelling and most importantly, it makes an earnest effort to relive the mythology. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...A strong story with decent animation makes it a good watch for kids... full review

Thumbs up, by Aakanksha Naval-Shetye & Chaya Unnikrishnan, DNA : ...Director Arnab Chaudhari has kept the narrative fast paced.A nice way of introducing kids to the epic tale.... full review

Thumbs up, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...Arjun: The Warrior Prince makes a mark with respect to storytelling and technical elegance... full review

Thumbs up, Free Press Journal : ...Nothing here is overtly ornate. There is a simplistic and distinctive grandiosity here that never stretches to the gaudy or the opulent.... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial, : ...brilliance in narration by Arnab is simply fascinating. Kudos to his vision for minutely detailing all aspects of the film; be it the sets, the characters, their expressions, their voices, their individual walk, their outfits, the camera angles or even the music.... full review

Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...The Warrior Prince has some of the most gorgeous images I’ve seen in an Indian animation film in years.... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...The heroic exploits and inner struggles of Arjun are woven into the film's narrative so convincingly that you tend to forget this is animation.... full review

Thumbs up, by Priyanka Ketkar, koimoi : ...For the sake of quality animation, for the sake of an hour well-spent and for the sake of a true Indian hero, Arjun: The Warrior Prince is truly a must-watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY : ...high-octane action. Vishal-Shekhar’s enigmatic music merely adds to the visual magic.... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...amazing animation and graphics, which takes your breath away; the attention to detail when it comes to action scenes is admirable.... full review

Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...The animation work has been laboriously done and can easily be claimed to be one of the best works in the recent times. The detailing in the backdrop and the grandeur successfully accentuates the movie viewing experience.... full review

Thumbs up, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...It would've been easy to let this plot go stale, for the simple reason that it has been explored so much, but hats off to the director for bringing something new to the platter.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The film is ideal for slightly older children who will revel in the beautiful visuals, and won’t be affected by the few moments of gory violence.... full review

Thumbs up, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...Arjun: The Warrior Prince, though maybe yet another mythological animation film but it deserves a watch for the narrative and the animation work.... full review

Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...The frames are so grandiosely designed that you want to soak into this experience... full review

Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharya, Zee News : ...The film has a few brilliantly shot songs, a couple of which linger in your mind even after you are out of the theatre and into your mundane realities.... full review

So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...Direction, dialogues, performances, cinematography and VFX are the strong points. Music, editing and screenplay, especially thre pre-interval moments are the drawbacks.... full review

So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...The animation in this film, although a vast improvement from anything you've seen so far, still looks two-dimensional.... full review

So-So, by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint : ...Bloody and violent, although animated, Arjun is aimed more at adults than at children, and as much as it traces the warrior prince’s coming of age, it also marks the coming of age of Indian animation features.... full review

Thumbs down, Upper Stall : ...The real problem with the film is not the animation, it's the writing. The film is let down badly by the dialogue.... full review

8 tweeters(?) - 6 yays 0 so-so 2 nays

wabbster: 'Arjun' is an awesome movie. Meant for kids older than ten.

shantanub: Watched 'Arjun' y'day with kid. Liberties with story, but brilliant animation. And by an Indian company! Congrats Tata Elxsi! @TataCompanies

sandeepthinks: Arjun.. good animation. i loved the sound editing..story is abrupt.. approach is different.. #Vtalkies

DrManita: Watched Arjun, the warrior. Cute movie

crazyandhow: walt disney Arjun is a good movie. fab animation, nice story telling. go watch.

arnabmajumdar: Arjun, The Warrior Prince... #wokeupindia.... Indian Folklore, Disney Animation, heady concoction!!

ThePrachi: Arjun the warrior prince is overrated. Having read the mythology my interpretation of Arjuna is different. Gr8 animation tho. VOs okayish.

Leilah_zeenat: Arjun the warrior prince wasnt as awful as i thought it would be but the music and background score is utter CRAP.

2 readers - 2 yays 0 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Kishore Lachhani : Great way to help kids know their culture.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by someone_talked_of10

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: It's about a *warrior* prince.
  • Language: Clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None. Even the Draupadi vastraharan is not shown.
  • Concept: Arjun's point of view in the period before the Mahabharat.
  • General Look and Feel: Bright and pretty much narrative even though it is not necessarily voiceover driven.

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Arjun: The Warrior Prince - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
100 minutes

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Shit review lyk d portal title...hahahaah!!

Direction: 4
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 4

Dialogues: 4
Screenplay: 3.5
Music Director: 2.5
Lyrics: 3

Kishore Lachhani

The movie is real good. Great peice of work from Disney& UTV Motions. Animation experience experienced like never before, specially an Indian epic with such detailing & homework. The depiction of characters exactly how one would expect to be viz: Shakuni's height, his always drunken state, Dhritrasht. But Vasudev Shri Krishna definately should have been very gracious, also his role resticted. Somebody has mentioned Dropadi's chirharan has not been shown as it is not an object sensualality. Looking forward for more of such great peice of art.

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