Roger Allers

'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' an uneven mix

'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' an uneven mix

"Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," an animated film based on the bestselling 1923 book of poetry, recalls the so-called package features that Walt Disney released in the 1940s: It's a collection of visually diverse shorts loosely strung together.

As Gibran's book has no plot, writer-director Roger Allers had to construct a story, turning some of the poems into speeches by imprisoned artist-poet Mustafa (voice by Liam Neeson).

In addition to inspiring the local villagers, Mustafa heals the frayed bond between his housekeeper, Kamila (Salma Hayek), and her daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis). The relationship between the unfailingly noble Mustafa and Almitra forms...

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