Synopsis by Mark Deming
The story of the birth of Christ is given a new spin in this family-friendly animated adventure. In the ancient city of Judea, three men are commanded by an unknown voice to follow the North Star in search of a treasure that will be bestowed on a great king, who is soon to be born. Chubby and good-natured Melchor, strong and stalwart Baltasar, and bright and dependable Gaspar all answer the call and set out on their journey; however, the wicked Herod, ruler of Judea, hears of their mission and is determined to stop it with the help of Belial, his second-in-command. Herod and Belial use both practical and magical defenses against the three travelers, but they remain undeterred in their quest, somehow certain something very important lies at the end of their journey. Produced by Spanish and French companies, Los Reyes Magos (aka The Three Wise Men) also features a modern-day framing story in which a troubled youth learns the importance of the nativity story.