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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

Cast: Fezele Mpeka
Director: Michel Ocelot
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Studio: Remstar/Universal
Genre: Foreign, Kids, Animated, France, Animation, Cel, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths, Africa
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, French
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This fanciful, animated feature from French artist and director Michel Ocelot is based on a popular folk tale from West Africa. Kirikou (voice of Theo Sebeko) informs his mother from the womb that it's time for him to be born, but when she's too slow, he simply does the work himself. After learning that his parents' village is being threatened by a sorceress with a taste for human flesh, Kirikou leaps into action to save the day, encountering friends and foes along the way, including a monster who can drain waterfalls and lakes with his enormous thirst and a wise man living on a magic mountain. Kirikou and the Sorceress also features an original score by acclaimed Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Ambiental and Engaging.. by Juan February 19, 2007 - 9:29 AM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Watching movies with young children is a different process than adult viewing. It involves a lot of repetition and the passage of time...

I got this title to watch with my now six-year-old daughter when she was just four. She felt lukewarm about it at best after a couple fo viewings, so I dropped it. Although the film is beautiful and very artistic, it feels sort of primitive and cold at first, and I was not especially engaged by it either, feeling that it was more made for adults with liberal guilt and artistic pretentions to feel god about plugging their kids into the tv.

This year, however, it occurred to me to break it out once again and show it to my 18-month old son. After being away from the film for a year, I saw it in an entirely different light, and my son just loved it. For a couple of months he wanted to see nothing else when presented with the opportunity (his former favorites having been The Triplets of Belleville, Bolek & Lolek, Hello Kitty, and a motorcycle roadracing video) and still today at 23 months he is completely enthralled by Kirikou. The funy thing is that after watching it with him maybe 20 times myself, I now enjoy it much more than I did at first.

Kirikou is a sort of archetypal tale told in a dream-like style. The animation is stunningly beautiful and bears many repeat viewings, and the music is both minimalist and engaging, with delicate percussion games that coupled with the lighting and color in the visuals make the viewing experience a multimedia delight that needs good speakers and deserves to be viewed more as entertaining art than as artistic entertainment..

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