Blue and Red Symbolism in “The Prince of Egypt”

One of the cool overarching artistic themes in “The Prince of Egypt” is blue versus red. It doesn’t work 100% of the time - for instance, Zipporah’s clothing is blue, but she’s not associated with the Egyptians - but overall, blue and red have their own distinct, separate symbolism. Blue represents Egypt, while red is the color of Moses’ family, the Hebrews, and their God Elohim. 

Now I’m going to quickly rush from start to end of the film and point out the major blue and red moments I’ve noticed.

The opening shot is red, while the musical theme for God is playing in the background.

The Hebrew infants are being slaughtered, and the color of the streets is amazingly red. The Egyptian guards themselves, however, are carrying blue shields - the only blue in these frames.

Jochebed, Aaron, and Miriam are all wearing red. Even the baby Moses is wrapped in a red blanket. Jochebed is also wearing blue; she’s making a choice based upon the dangers of Egyptian society.

All the Egyptians are wearing blue. Rameses II even has a blue tie around his ponytail and a blue necklace. The entire tint of this moment is basically blue… blues and purples. It’s a huge visual contrast from the baked, bloody red from which baby Moses has escaped.

Blues, blues, blues everywhere. The headdress of the Pharaoh on the statue is blue. Later, painted murals of the Pharaoh will show the same blue.

The next shot, we see Moses and Rameses as young adults. Moses is still sticking with the red theme, which cues viewers subtly that he’s out of place in Egyptian society. Moses’ horses are decorated in red, so is his chariot, and so are accents of his clothing. Rameses, meanwhile, perfect little Egyptian boy that he is, has all that in blue and aqua.

Tuya wears blue around the collars, the Pharaoh Seti’s cane is aqua blue, and the priests are wearing the same bluish accents. Rameses II is, as I mentioned before, wearing the same color. In fact, everyone in this room has the same shade of blue on except for Moses.

If we really want to go crazy overanalyzing, even the punch bowl that Moses dumps on Hotep and Huy is red.

Egyptian magic is blue.

So is the ring that Rameses gives Moses. Now this ring is symbolic. While Moses wears it, he has a connection to his Egyptian family, his Egyptian brother. When he returns to Egypt to ask the Pharaoh to let the Hebrew slaves go, he returns the ring. He is revoking his kinship and connections with the Egyptians at this moment. He’s revoking the blue.

There is a deep blue tint during the night scene Moses meets Miriam and Aaron and first learns he’s actually Hebrew by birth. Moses’ mind is concerned with the fact he’s blue - an Egyptian - even though that’s not the truth. Oh, right, and all three siblings - Moses, Miriam, and Aaron - are wearing red.

While Moses struggles with the shocking news he’s actually a Hebrew, he runs into his Egyptian home. The places where he stands to comfort himself are blue, blue, blue everywhere. He wants to think that this is where he belongs - in this comforting Egyptian blue.

But then you get to Moses’ bedroom, and you realize it’s red. He’s a Hebrew at heart, deep beneath it all. He just doesn’t realize it yet.

After Moses enters Midian, Jethro gives him a red cloak. 

And it is to note that Jethro, while a Midianite rather than a Hebrew, is the one who speaks to Moses about looking at life through Heaven’s eyes. This helps pave the way for Moses to become acquainted and receptive to the Hebrew God Elohim. Jethro wears red. Even the tent he lives in is red. It’s all red.

When Moses sees the burning bush, at first the atmosphere is blue. His cloak and the bush are the only things with reddish tinges on them.

The colors which wrap around him, though, are a bit more red than blue.

Excited Moses tells the news he’s going to deliver the Hebrews in a red tent.

Rameses’ royal chambers in Egypt are very blue. Moses, wearing red, sticks out from the rest of the people and things in the room.

Hey, look, more blue Egyptian magic. There is some stark red in this scene, too. Blue generally predominates, and all the time conjurations happen, it’s with blue (or greens, at least) as the main color.

The biggest exception is the fact that the Egyptians pull out red snakes. It’s almost as though to hint those snakes are going to be eaten by Moses’.

I want to point out that, of the three siblings, only Miriam wears complete red. Moses also is wearing a greenish, tealish undershirt, while Aaron’s shorts are blue-green. It’s as if to point out that Moses has to struggle through both sides, while Aaron is someone whose mind isn’t deep on faith, and gets too caught up in the worries of current Egyptian society. Miriam, the great woman of endless faith, is the one who wears the complete red associated with God.

The ideal place to relax for the Pharaoh and his son is in a rather blue boat.

Moses drowns out that blue and replaces it with the red of blood, directly with God’s power.

However, the Pharaoh has not relented. He won’t let the Hebrews go. And before the plagues begin, the Egyptian world is still overall blue in tint.

Not so much once the plagues hit and turn the whole world red.

And if you still don’t believe in the red versus blue symbolism, check out this screenshot below. Moses and Rameses II are shown facing one another in opposition. Rameses, blue. Moses, red. The two figureheads for Egypt and Israel, coming in conflict, depicting these two thematic, symbolic colors. 

The doors are painted with the blood of lambs to protect Hebrews from the angel of death.

But there is death amongst the Egyptians, and a foreboding - depressing - blue ambience within that dark. Moses leaves Rameses II enshrouded in blue. It’s so blue you can’t even see the red on Moses’ cloak.

Rameses returns to attack the Hebrews in blue. It’s the most blue he’s ever worn, in fact.

But God returns. He comes as a pillar of flame - a bright, red, magnificent red pillar of flame. And when the Hebrews travel through the Red Sea, they light flames themselves, bringing some sparks of red into the blue passageway.

As I said before, the blue versus red symbolism isn’t perfect. There are times that it diverges, or that blue is simply blue and red is simply red. However, I think there is still a strong correlation between red associating with the Hebrews and blue with the Egyptians. The artwork is beautiful in and of itself, but the fact that the color pallet seems to be so symbolically intentional gives me a whole other level of respect for the creators of this movie.

  • what she says: I'm fine.
  • what she means: Okay, the original concept art for Dreamworks Animation's The Prince of Egypt does show a whale behind the wall of water in the parting of the Red Sea scene, but after researching the species that actually live in the Red Sea, the animation team ultimately decided to use a whale SHARK in the scene. Whale sharks do not eat people, however; they're filter-feeders and would much prefer plankton to the pharaoh's army.

ok idk why but this is rlly important to me: did anyone else ever notice that in the end of PoE when Moses comes down from Sinai with the tablets, the commandments are written IN ANCIENT HEBREW SCRIPT??? Not modern Hebrew or random runes or whatever.

Paleo-Hebrew. Phonecian. Aramaic maybe? Whatever you want to call it.

(Like…. I know this bc I was obsessed with ancient Hebrew for a period of time after going to the Hebrew Museum in Jerusalem. I’ve done some research. Anyway)

So I already knew that Dreamworks went to great lengths to make sure TPoE was respectful and accurate and everything, but this is such a small detail that they easily could have excluded and I just,, I have so many feelings,,


Paleo-Hebrew/Phonecian (read right to left, like modern Hebrew):

I just grabbed some pics from Wikipedia but you can go look it up yourself if that doesn’t satisfy you.

AND here are the tablets in the movie (not the best quality so it’s kinda hard to see, sorry):

So I know with these poor quality screenshots it’s hard to see, but the shapes look pretty similar, and you’ll definitely see it if you actually watch the movie. YEAH that was really exciting for me!! They used a ~period-accurate~ writing system. I was very impressed, to say the least.

anonymous asked:

I'm interested in your comments recently that Moses and Tzipporah as a couple don't mesh well personality-wise and if you'd be willing to go more in depth on this? (I actually agree - they don't really "grab" me as a ship either, maybe because TPoE is about sibling/platonic bonds and we don't get to know Tzipporah as well as, say, Rameses, or Miriam and Aaron; I just never thought of them being "off" in terms of compatibility.)

I absolutely agree with you about the idea that TPOE is mainly about familial bonds - how Moses relates to Rameses as the years pass, and how in turn he interacts with his biological siblings Miriam and Aaron. These are the bonds that are developed by far the most out of the character interactions in the movie. Something like Moses and Tzipporah is given extraordinarily little time, and I also think that might in part be why I think they are “off.” If they had more time together on screen, then maybe I could see how the two intermesh with one another as a couple. 

I wouldn’t say that they are outright incompatible as a couple given what we see on screen. It’s that there’s nothing specifically magnetizing between the two of them as we see them on screen, and no good motivation for them developing something deep and romantic, such that I wouldn’t pair them together at all except that I know biblically they married (the movie does intend to portray their relationship as romantic, regardless of how marriage culturally worked at this time in human history). The personality we see from both of them doesn’t, at least for me, speak anything about how the two would connect in a relationship. They’re “off” in the sense that I feel there’s an absence of concrete relatability.

From the little we do see of Moses and Tzipporah, what strikes me is that they don’t necessarily have a lot in common or concrete means of connecting with one another at a deep romantic level. Tzipporah is a woman of a profoundly different culture and lifestyle. While she, Jethro, her family, and the other Midianites help Moses integrate into this society… it does mean there isn’t too much of a starting ground with the Moses/Tzipporah relationship. What makes her special such that Moses prefers to spend his time around her, learning how to care for sheep or live as the Midianites do? What makes it fun to be around her, such that he wants to leave her flowers or pick her up and dance with her? Is it just that he saved her that one time, that they met first, and that Jethro is the leader? Or is there something specific about her that they grow over? There is very little there in the movie to supply us with this sort of sense that they could be compatible personality-wise beyond circumstance… that there is something specific about Tzipporah that attracts Moses, or vice versa. We see tiny little glimpses of the relationship forming in “Through Heaven’s Eyes,” but for me, the quick montage doesn’t sufficiently provide intimate explanation for why they bond.

Now, personality-wise, yes, we do have at least a little sense of how both of these characters work individually. Moses is well-developed, and we’d hope so - he’s the protagonist. Moses is a man who starts out cocky, mischievous, and carefree. Over time, he grows into someone with a deep, caring, considerate heart, a man who ponderously works through actions as best he believes is right. There is a strong gentleness to him by the end of the movie that is quite attractive.

Tzipporah we see starts out as a self-confident and somewhat feisty individual. She’s unafraid to stand for herself and her people (especially family), and can be a bit smug when she gets her way. After she’s married to Moses, we see her be supportive to him in turn, and we see a bit more of her gentler side. We could point out that both Moses and Tzipporah mature from the time they meet to the time they see the Israelites freed from Egypt.

It’s hard for me to find the exact words of why I find them “off” personality-wise. On the surface level, it’s not that they have incompatible traits. I think it’s timing. When we first meet Tzipporah, we see a bit more of her stern and serious side, whereas Moses when we first meet is at his most mischievous and carefree. How does someone like Tzipporah, who has a bit of a bite to her, and a healthy vibe of strength and pride… match up with someone like Moses, who is a prankster in the past and now a worried, confused, and befuddled man in Midian? These aren’t exactly personality types that match. Sure, later down the road they work together as a couple, and interact back and forth… but how did we get there?

Tzipporah and Moses do have things in common, certainly. They both have a sense of love to family and a dedication to help people in need. Tzipporah cares about the Midianites as Moses comes to care about the Israelites. We also know that, as strong and bold as Tzipporah can be, she also has a tender and gentle side beneath it… something that works with Moses’ matured gentleness. But they do express and emote their feelings and personalities very differently - even the things they have in common. Tzipporah is more outwardly bold and up-front about her convictions, whereas Moses draws his boldness from the internal, gentler convictions of his heart. I don’t see much melding well between Tzipporah’s bold strength and Moses’ gentleness.

It’s maybe a weird analogy to make, but I also think of another DreamWorks couple… Hiccstrid from HTTYD. Hiccup and Astrid have the same generic sort of dynamics… of a gentler, emotionally struggling young man matching with a bold, up-front woman. I feel those sorts of character dynamics are hard to rectify and understand in a relationship. It’s very different personalities. And it’s not that different personalities within a couple can’t mesh… it’s just that for me, it’s hard to see how a set of personalities like this can actually get in the groove.

Alright, and now that I’ve haplessly fumbled for several hundred poorly worded words to try to explain my wordless feeling for why Moses/Tzipporah doesn’t jive for me, I’m going to point out… I don’t find this a weakness in the movie. In some weird ways, I actually find it a strength. TPOE is not about romance. TPOE is not about Moses and Tzipporah. The story focuses on the relationships that are truly critical to the storyline given, and the relationships developed within TPOE make the story sing. “Through Heaven’s Eyes” is quite sufficient narratively for us to know what happens at this point in Moses’ life - he gets integrated into the Midianite culture, reforms his identity, and marries Tzipporah. We don’t need more than that. We don’t need to understand the ins-and-outs of their relationship. The montage is well-done, and it allows us to step forward to the next critical part of TPOE’s Exodus narrative… focusing in on what it’ll be like when Moses returns to Egypt and reunites with Rameses, Miriam, and Aaron.

So I don’t feel like Moses and Tzipporah “mesh.” We’re not given much ways of seeing how their personalities work well together until after they’re married and have come to work together. We’re not given ways of understanding how their personalities - which are very different - can connect. So it becomes this big question mark for me… how can these two very different personalities connect? But just because I don’t think they “mesh” and I don’t think of them in a ship-y way doesn’t diminish how I experience TPOE. I adore the movie and I think they made a lot of right calls about who and what to focus on throughout the narrative.

somehow-you-will  asked:

Hey, I loved the breakdown you did of the relationship between Moses and Rameses, so I was wondering what your thoughts were on Moses' relationship with Miriam and Aaron (and if you might be able to do a similar analysis)?

Thank you so much! I loved talking about Moses and Rameses II (and could frankly keep talking about them, oh my goodness), and I’d be really happy to talk about the relationship dynamics between Moses, Miriam, and Aaron. This sibling relationship is complex, emotional, and full of meaning and beauty.

Each sibling has a different role. Aaron is the cynic. Miriam is the inspirer. Moses is the doer. Not only that, but there’s a deep story in how they interact: they are able to build each other up, but only once they all place their faith and trust in God. At first, the family is split up; Aaron and Moses both try to silence Miriam for her faith and hope. Moses regards Miriam and Aaron as slaves. Aaron thinks that Moses and Miriam have crazy ideas. However, over time, this changes. Moses transitions from treating Seti I, Tuya, and Rameses II as his family… to treating Aaron and Miriam as his siblings. Aaron begins accepting Moses and acknowledging the power of God’s deliverance, while Miriam’s hopes become reality. By the end of the movie, the three siblings are radiant around one another, drawn together by the powerful experience of the Exodus.

Moses Leaves His Family

At the start of The Prince of Egypt, Moses’ mother Jochebed takes her three children and runs to the Nile River. She is fleeing Egyptian soldiers, who are slaughtering every Hebrew infant boy. Once she and her children are safely away, she places her baby Moses in a basket, places a lid over the boy, and sends him off to float on the Nile.

Now it’s important to note here that both Miriam and Aaron witness their mother sending the baby off in the basket. However, only Miriam follows the basket; Aaron does not trail after his baby brother, and consequently never sees Tuya pick the boy up. This is important. Miriam sees God answer prayers. Miriam sees Tuya adopt Moses, and consequently the little girl is filled with hope and optimism. Her baby brother is going to survive! Aaron, however, only sees Moses leaving, and he grows up without seeing God fulfill those promises. His most distinct memories of this event will be the Hebrew babies being killed.

Many other life experiences will shape the way Miriam and Aaron think and behave. This is just one event. However, it still seems to predict how Miriam and Aaron act as adults. The next time we see Miriam, she is a woman of faith, while Aaron wallows in skepticism and fear.

Moses Meets Miriam and Aaron

Moses grows up without knowing he was a Hebrew, never realizing that his blood siblings are actually two Hebrew slaves. For this reason, when he stumbles into Miriam and Aaron in the street, he does not recognize them. Miriam and Aaron would have remembered what happened to their baby brother, but since Moses was an infant, of course he doesn’t remember in turn.

Looking at this screencap, it’s painful to think that these are actually three siblings interacting.

Miriam, ever the hopeful, faithful optimist, presumes that Moses has arrived at their doorstep for a family reunion. The last time she saw Moses, she prayed that he would grow up to deliver her people (it’s also the first thing she says in the movie, and man it portrays her and sets her up so well). Now she believes her prayer has been answered. Moses has grown up, he’s meeting with the Hebrew slaves, he’s returning to his family… he has to be delivering them, right? 

The problem is… that’s not why Moses is here at all. In fact, even as Miriam is excitedly greeting Moses, he’s trying to look above her. He’s looking past her, trying to follow Zipporah, and doesn’t quite welcome Miriam’s interruption.

The result is that Miriam looks crazy.

Here is this tiny little slave girl trying to talk to the impressive, gold-wearing, straight-backed Prince of Egypt about deliverance and family. She’s claiming that this royal prince is born of slaves and a brother of slaves. It’s utterly delusional, and she doesn’t back down the entire time. She just keeps persisting, making her look almost insane.

Aaron’s reaction makes total sense here. He doesn’t live by hopes in nothing, but more grounded down on how earth actually is. He tries to shut down Miriam’s babbling before she instills the prince’s wrath and gets them punished. He yanks at her, pushes her away, tries to shut her up, makes excuses about what she’s saying, and begs for Moses not to listen to her words. Wide-eyed, bumbling, and frantic, he at one point even falls to his knees begging for mercy from Moses. Aaron treats Moses with the expectation this man is simply Egyptian royalty. Simply, Aaron’s being a smart bloke acting prudently according to matters as they are.

It’s a ridiculous, chaotic interaction. No one’s helping one another; each sibling is at odds from the other. Moses finds the two Hebrews offensive and stands over them threatening them. Aaron fears that Moses and Miriam will get him physically harmed and starts frantically yanking her out of the way. Miriam is trying to speak to Moses about faith and forgiveness but keeps getting shut down by both of them, eventually ending up kneeling on the ground, crying.

In a way, Aaron’s actions and Moses’ actions make the most sense. Moses has grown up in a societal structure where slaves talking like this are offensively out of line. Aaron is acting according to that social paradigm and trying to save his - and his sister’s - neck from an angry official. Miriam’s the one who is out of line, acting completely out of societal norms or expectations. She’s putting herself at risk for beliefs that seem ludicrous.

But she does one thing that hits home for Moses.

She starts to sing Jochebed’s lullaby.

And Moses recognizes it.  

I love this little visual moment, where Miriam and Jochebed are animated from the same angle, the same way, with the same expression, singing the same song. It’s a flashback to the moment Jochebed placed her son on the Nile.

Personally, I don’t think it’s the visual that makes Moses’ heart skip a beat. It’s the song that Miriam is singing. If you pay attention to the first time Moses hangs out with Rameses after the chariot race, you hear Moses whistling that very same lullaby. He knows the tune well enough that he can whistle it.

How did this happen? Well, the movie diverges a bit from the Old Testament, but if you want to supplement the Bible with this movie, then Exodus 2:7-10 is important. In that passage of the Bible, we learn that Jochebed was Moses’ nurse for the first few years of his life. In that time and region of the world, babies were weaned at a later age - toddlerhood. So Jochebed would have been nursing Moses for about three years before he lived in the palace permanently with Seti I, Tuya, and Rameses II. This means he would have had the chance to form memories about that early childhood lullaby. The average age of first memory is four years old, so it’s not entirely implausible that three year old Moses would have been able to retain this song.

When Miriam starts singing the song, Moses realizes with a jolt where it came from. He learned that lullaby from a Hebrew slave… his true mother.

And so he runs.

Moses Leaves Egypt

In the first interaction between Moses, Miriam, and Aaron, we see Aaron trying to stop Miriam and Moses refusing to listen to either of them.

But the next time Moses sees them, he actually pays attention to Miriam.

Miriam, yet again, is doing something crazy outside of societal regulations. She sees a Hebrew slave being whipped, and she’s shouting out for this to stop. As a slave, she has no authority telling an Egyptian slave driver to quit punishing another slave. But this woman, who acts by her heart rather than by worldly reason, cries out anyway.

Moses hears her. In fact, he ignores Rameses II in order to charge up and stop the whipping. 

“Stop it!” Miriam shouts. 
“There’s nothing we can do!” Aaron shouts, fearful that his sister is getting into trouble.
And then Moses, paralleling his sister, shouts out the same words she does… “Stop it!”

This is the first time we really see the trio at their work. Aaron is thinking about how the world currently, concretely works and operates. Miriam is thinking about ideals. And Moses charges out and does something about the problem. Moses is the one who combines the pain the world currently is in (what Aaron understands) with the ideals of what the world could be (what Miriam understands), and takes an action to change situations for the better.

For the first time, Moses defends the Hebrew people over the Egyptians. 

And he… to his horror… kills a man.

All the slaves stare at Moses with terror. It’s interesting to note, though, that while everyone else backs away, Miriam and Aaron don’t. They recognize that Moses was defending them. Miriam even tries to reach out and comfort Moses, but he doesn’t let her touch him. He runs.

The turmoil of who he is and who he is not has built into a climax inside him. Moses has been freaking out over the fact he’s not a blood born Prince of Egypt. Now he’s just murdered someone because of his mental turmoil. He can’t take it, especially since he throws an Egyptian down to his death in the same way he has seen the Pharaoh throw down babies to crocodiles in that despicable mural. And so, telling Rameses II that he’s not who his brother thinks he is, flees Egypt altogether.

Moses Returns to Egypt

When Moses returns to Egypt, Aaron’s no longer as timid as he was the first time they met. This time, Aaron speaks out affrontively, almost vindictively, at Moses. Because Moses is no longer the prince of Egypt, Aaron doesn’t have to be afraid of him. Angrily, he asks Moses how it feels when he’s struck to the ground.

I want to point this out: it’s not just that Aaron’s talking about the slaves as a whole and the fact Moses’ actions against Rameses II have backlashed against them. He’s also talking about something a bit more personal.

The last time they were together, Moses forced Aaron’s sister to the ground.

There’s a reason we always see Aaron with his hands and arms wrapped around Miriam’s shoulders. It’s to grab her to make sure she’s not going to do anything “crazy”… and it’s to protect her. Because he loves and cares about her. Aaron is out there, trying to watch out for her, trying to make excuses for her, trying to physically save her from harm… always.

So he’s going to be extremely spiteful at the man who’s struck his sister to the ground. And he wants to rub it in Moses’ face now that the opposite has happened.

The thing is, Miriam doesn’t have a problem with Moses’ old actions. She actually turns and scolds Aaron for his shameful words. You’ll notice that the look on Aaron’s face is shock. He didn’t expect this and feels chastised. He lets Miriam approach Moses. For, to Miriam, bygones are bygones, and the fact that Moses has doubled their workloads as slaves doesn’t anger her. Instead, she steps up to speak words of thankfulness, faith, and encouragement to her brother. 

Whereas Moses left her crying on her knees the last time they talked…

…this time Miriam kneels down with him.

Suddenly, Miriam doesn’t seem like the crazy one. Aaron now seems more like the one who’s out of touch. Miriam and Moses are able to bond in this moment, while Aaron stands there at the periphery.

This conversation is enough to encourage Moses to immediately speak to Rameses again. Moses turns the river to blood through God’s power and all the Hebrews see it. It gladdens Miriam. Aaron’s still in the dark, though. He complains that the Egyptian priests were able to turn water to blood, too, and that they’re still slaves. He’s still thinking about life in the moment rather than hoping to what’s ahead, what God can do.

We can see that Moses has adopted himself into the Hebrew people, now, rather than the Egyptians. He speaks words of encouragement and faith just like Miriam would. He points out to all the people that the Pharaoh might be able to take their lives, but they cannot take away their faith, and that God has good things in store for his people.

Moses and Aaron Connect

Moses and Aaron don’t actually connect emotionally until after the Exodus begins and the Hebrews are given their freedom.

Aaron has been so concerned with earthly matters, but it’s bogged him down and made him live without faith. Now, he smiles for the first time, leaving behind his old “home,” and journeying away from Egypt as a free man.

Aaron, while traveling behind Moses, reaches up and gently places his hand on his younger brother’s shoulder. He gives a small smile and says no words. Moses responds back with a similar smile and places his hand on top of Aaron’s. It’s a silent exchange, but it’s full of meaning. Aaron apologizes here for being doubtful, faithless, and rude towards Moses. Moses forgives him. At this point, they accept one another as brothers.

The body language completely metamorphoses between Moses, Miriam, and Aaron. At the start of the movie, you see only tension between Moses and his other siblings. But now, all three of them willingly stand together, and there’s not a single shot where they’re not together now.

Moses has transitioned from his Egyptian family to his Hebrew one.

And if that’s not cool enough, visually you can tell that he was always meant to be with the Hebrews. Rameses II and many of the Egyptians are garbed in blue and aqua. Moses, Miriam, and Aaron all wear primarily red. (There’s actually a movie-wide color symbolism of blue representing Egypt and red representing the Hebrews and God. But that’s another analysis in and of itself).

Aaron Demonstrates His Trust

The coolest moment between Moses and Aaron happens when Moses parts the Red Sea.

Aaron throughout the movie has been the one grounded on earth, on facts, on pessimism, on fear. He has done it to survive, and it’s arguably prudent. After the Exodus happens, though, everything changes. He understands the importance of faith and what it can do when you believe. Aaron smiles. Then he doesn’t quit smiling. And, once Moses parts the Red Sea, it’s Aaron who looks to Moses and decides to go first. He has come so far that he displays this great trust in Moses and enters the passageway between the waters.

Not only that, but when Moses is being pursued by the Egyptian army, Aaron screams out in worry for Moses. He wants to make sure that Moses makes it to safety.

And can we please talk about these hugs at the end of the movie? How amazing and wonderful they are?

How far we’ve come from the start of the movie where they were cringing and shouting at one another…

Aaron charges up behind Moses and squeezes him from behind. There’s great happiness and affection in that embrace. These are totally siblings. Totally.

Then Moses and Miriam hug. Moses stares at Miriam for a long time before they give each other a warm hug, and Moses just says two words: “Thank you.”

Those two words wrap up everything that has transpired between the three siblings throughout the entire movie.

He’s thanking her for believing him. For believing in God. For talking to him that one night they first met. Because of Miriam’s faith - that seeming “craziness” - he has been transformed as a man, learned to trust God himself, and delivered his true family out of Egypt. 

somehow-you-will  asked:

We haven't squealed over The Prince of Egypt together in a while, so I was wondering... do you have any headcanons? ;)


  • Miriam as a girl would seek out the royal Egyptian court when they were traveling through the streets. If she knew that the Pharaoh and his family would be in the area, she’d slip through the crowds to see them because she so wanted a glimpse of her baby brother! She’d try to get as close as she could and excitedly think to herself, “There he is! There’s Moses!”
  • Seti knew that Moses was a Hebrew baby, not Tuya’s, but never once mentioned it aloud to his wife. He let it pass although he wasn’t consciously quite sure why. Rameses and Moses, however, never suspected they weren’t blood brothers.
  • Sometimes Aaron would be frantically running after her, telling her to stop and that they’d get in trouble with Mother.
  • Moses and Rameses as young boys caught several frogs from the Nile and released them to mess up a religious ceremony conducted by Hotep and Huy.
  • Tzipporah’s little sisters all shipped Motza. Tzipporah would not talk about her days outdoors with Moses tending the sheep, but her sister would still nose their way into things. When they didn’t learn explicit information, they somehow were able to guess correctly what was going on. Jethro was not quite as attuned to it, but he was very enthusiastic and supportive of the relationship ever since he knew where it was headed.
  • Moses had absolutely no idea what to do when a sheep first gave birth during his shepherding time in Midian. Lots of his initial shepherding in Midian was littered with mistakes, most of which were harmless but made everyone else involuntarily laugh behind their hands.
  • Moses would feel sick to his stomach every time he talked to Ramses during the Plagues. He was unable to cry, though, even though his guts were tied in knots and he constantly felt like he wanted to vomit. The Plagues were torment to him, and it was only after the final Plague that Moses could let out the tears (that scene we see in the movie).
  • After the Exodus, during their time wandering the desert of Sinai, Moses and Miriam develop a very deep and chatty relationship. They can talk for hours about all sorts of things, usually pretty gaily. Moses and Aaron, however, don’t talk too much, and the two brothers often don’t know what to talk about, especially at first.
  • Moses always internally thinks about Ramses II as his brother for the rest of his life. Sometimes when he’s alone or lying awake at night, he’ll think about Ramses, wonder what he’s doing, and thinks about what would happen if they hypothetically reunited.
  • Miriam loves animals. All sorts of animals. She’s pretty good with them. Animals tend to unnerve Aaron, and he gets awkward very quickly when a friendly animal comes up to him. This is the source of much laughter between Moses and Miriam.
  • Moses and Miriam don’t feel like they’re too old for a prank on Aaron now and again.

* All these headcanons are for the DreamWorks production alone. I have my own separate list of Biblical headcanons.

anonymous asked:

I just finished watching Prince of Egypt. IT WAS AMAZING!!! I ask you one simple question that doesn't require a complex answer: what was your favorite aspect of the movie that made it unique?

Oh my goodness, I’m so glad you had the chance to watch it and enjoyed it so much! 

There are so many things I adore about The Prince of Egypt. There are so many things the movie does well. When considering the specifically unique aspects of the film I find creative, I want to actually list two as my favorites:

The Human Rawness of the Movie

The Ten Commandments was big and dramatic, and I think that the stories within the Bible have been intriguing for millennia in part because of their emotionality. But I feel like there is a very special, unique rawness to The Prince of Egypt which I’ve never encountered in another biblical retelling, be it movie or book. In truth, it’s hard to find this level of evocative, heart-searing emotionality in any media for any type of story.

We didn’t just get a story of Moses whereby he was this incredible hero who stood up to the Pharaoh and freed his people. We didn’t even get a story that was exactly like the Bible’s characterizations of Moses’ strengths and weaknesses (ex: he was not a good public speaker at all biblically). But what we did get was something raw, powerful, REAL. It created Moses as a three-dimensional person. A downright mischievous, carefree RASCAL when he was young. A shocked, traumatized, off-balance young man who just committed murder and was questioning his very identity. A man who raced away from everything he called home, who rejected everything he called his heritage and family. A man who fell in love, who matured, who grew, who found a PURPOSE. A man whose love for his brother never, ever, ever died, and how he felt conflicted even as he told Rameses to “Let my people go.” A man who fell down to his knees and sobbed because of the impact of the Plagues.

Wow. Wow wow wow. The emotionality in this movie is so REAL. It’s incredible to see Moses so three-dimensional, so real, so personable, so dynamic, so tangible, so understandable. It’s hard to create characters that well, and I feel like biblical characters especially often end up too flat in retellings. But this… this movie is the core of human emotion.

And it’s not just Moses. We get just as deep with other characters, too. My favorite dynamics to the movie are those between Moses and Rameses, and between Moses and his two biological siblings. It’s so incredibly complex, sometimes subtle, but always with intention and depth and reason.

So this is all just incredible and unique.

The Music

I rant a lot about how music isn’t up to my standards. I’m, unfortunately, someone who isn’t impressed by most musicals and most soundtracks. Disney’s music is often catchy, but many movies have poor accompaniments. Instrumental soundtracks at the back of most movies have a bunch of stock sounds and lack of ingenuity, uniqueness, and/or complexity.

But The Prince of Egypt’s music BLOWS ME OUT OF THE WATER (didn’t mean to make a Parting of the Red Sea pun whoops).

Every single aspect of the music is incredible. First of all, the songs are all very well-written, from the lyrics to the orchestration to the vocalists to the internal structure and music theory of the piece. The accompaniment isn’t some boring, simple, basic stuff, but very intelligently crafted orchestration for a huge ensemble. Furthermore, the musical melodies all contain important symbolism throughout the film. Quite a few different melodies appear not only in the sung numbers, but also during the instrumentation at critical moments. Some of the themes are very apparent, like the God Theme, but others are more subtle. The musical insertions help build understanding and interpretation to the story. For instance, the “All I Ever Wanted” theme - in particular the melody of the line “This is my home,” shows up throughout the movie and helps indicate how/where Moses feels comfortable. It’s very thoughtfully done.

The music makes you want to crap your pants in “The Plagues”. It makes you want to dance in “Through Heaven’s Eyes”. And it will always make me cry in “When You Believe.”