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Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a beautifully uplifting throwback to a simpler animated era, with refreshingly unique art and a timeless soundtrack.

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a beautifully uplifting throwback to a simpler animated era, with refreshingly unique art and a timeless soundtrack.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 4,430

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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

May 24, 2005

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

TAn enchanting, life-affirming animation of love and redemption, made with no small measure of maturity and care - along with an all too rare respect for the art of storytelling.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A marvel for eye and ear.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This charming animated feature is a welcome antidote to the relentless cutesiness inherent in so many child-oriented toons.

March 10, 2008
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It's a great package: salutary, short (74 minutes) and sweet.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Kirikou and the Sorceress's surprising honesty about the banality of evil makes the movie -- even with all its magic -- feel truly authentic.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Should appeal to younger children and to adults who can appreciate its quiet pleasures.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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An enchanting, life-affirming animation of love and redemption, made with no small measure of maturity and care -- along with an all too rare respect for the art of storytelling.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The two-dimensional drawings with the characters usually in profile look like folk art and have the feel of a children's book.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A welcome antidote to anodyne Hollywood cartooning.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The soundtrack, by well-known African composer Youssou N'Dour, using only traditional instruments, lends to the film's timeless feel, like an age-old fable come to life.

June 4, 2004
Jam! Movies

The animation is colourful and engaging, with Ocelot drawing on imagery from African tribal art and Egyptian mythology to give the film a unique feel.

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Reasonable stuff, but perhaps only for very little children.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Don't even think of missing it.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the most enchanting animated features in quite some time.

June 24, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

In addition to being an uplifting morality tale suitable for all ages, this refreshingly different work by filmmaker Michel Ocelot is an aural as well as a visual delight.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If the moral of this folk tale seems obvious -- and it won't be to most children -- watching it unfold is its own reward.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Kirikou's depiction of Africa and Africans is dignified, not Disneyfied, and though that may not help the film at the box office, it does make for a welcome change.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

One of the best movies so far in this very young year.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Kirikou and the Sorceress

An enjoyable animation that is simple and has an honest moral lesson, though clearly addressed to very small children. It makes for a good time, especially in the second act, but the end could have been better.
October 5, 2012
blacksheepboy

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This is a wonderful and fabulously unique story for the kiddies. The only problem is finding it. It may take some searching but it will be worth it.
April 15, 2009
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Pocket-sized Kirikou, top contender for hero-with-the-cutest-bum-in-the-world, sorts out his villagers woes and saves the day. The plot flows along like being read to from a much-loved storybook and there's lots of rich colours and pretty music by Youssou N'Dour. Fabfabfabfabfab...
October 2, 2009
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Lesley N

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Simple yet effective animation brings this African folk tale to life. There's little to it: Kirikou is born tiny but doesn't let that stop him as he sets out to stop the Sorceress. It's nicely written and certainly better than a lot of "churned out" Hollywood animation, yet it doesn't have that certain spark or sheen to give it the attention it deserves. Nonetheless, if you have the chance it's worth 75 minutes of your time.
May 14, 2009
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