Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 book The Prophet—in which the Lebanese author waxes poetic on all matters of living, from love to sorrow—proves fertile soil for this nobly ambitious animated movie. Writer-director Roger Allers (The Lion King) and producer Salma Hayek have taken eight of the book’s vignettes and overlaid them with a cloying story about the titular prophet (Liam Neeson).
Gibran’s little life lessons have been turned into three-minute haiku by different animators and spread across the film. Each one soars (especially clay painter Joan Gratz’s color-bursting snippet, “On Work”), even if the plot holding them together is frustratingly Disneyish. B