Stamped with the imprimatur of an introduction by Charlton Heston, who played Ben-Hur in the classic 1959 live-action movie, this animated version of
Lew Wallace's classic novel packs a lot of plot into its short running time.
The scion of a noble Jewish lineage, Judah Ben-Hur (voice of Charlton Heston) enjoys the life of a scholar and a friendship with Roman centurian Messala (Duncan Fraser). In the first century A.D., Rome's political control destabilizes and local authorities, eager to curtail the influence of the King of the Jews, plot to undermine Jesus's (Scott McNeil) influence in their province. The stress of maintaining control over a restless populace and...