Kirikou and the Sorceress Reviews

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Super Reviewer
October 5, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
½ April 15, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
October 1, 2009
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...
Super Reviewer
½ April 14, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
½ June 9, 2008
This was a very cool, myth story. I found it cute and very entertaining.
June 26, 2015
Saw it so long ago when I was so young, and re-watching it made it even better as I understood more and being African I can say this is quite a work of art, even in general. One of the animated films I will remember with such fondness.
January 2, 2015
re-watchable anytime.
May 12, 2014
The animation is wonderful in its simplicity and the story is also brilliant. One of the greatest animated films of all times.
February 1, 2014
Enchanting story with a beautiful production.
November 1, 2013
I was fortunate to stumble upon this gem. I saw it on television actually. I was mesmerized by the animation, the characters and the story.
July 1, 2013
The film was a very well-done cartoon. I thought that it was a good movie and it kept my attention throughout. It made sense and would have been easy to watch outside of class. This movie is would be good for most audiences. I would not recommend that young children watch this cartoon since there is cartoon nudity. It would be acceptable for viewers age thirteen and older. The film is educational and would be a good addition to an English curriculum for high school.
½ December 4, 2012
The animation and story are simple, but this is a real treat to watch.
September 8, 2012
With expertly crafted plot and music, stylish, riveting and unabashedly old-fashioned and childish, Kirikou and the Sorceress is an impeccable and enchanting delight. You can try to find it a flaw as you might, but you won't succeed in it, at least not when big flaws are concerned. It is one of the best children's animated films of all time. Period.
August 17, 2012
Una de las historias animada más encantadora que he visto.
½ August 11, 2012
What a remarkable film, visually stunning, and palpitating, ravishing to cool your eyes, and soothing your ears with lovely music. Kirikou & the Sorceress directed by Michel Ocelot is an animation movie about West-African folktale about fearless tiny inquisitive boy 'Kirikou' who takes up mission to liberate his village from the spell of Sorceress named 'Karaba'. It's co-production of France-Belgium-Luxembourg, and animated at the studios in Latvia and Hungary. Film spawned a sequel in 2005, and third set for late 2012. Splendid look of film was inspired from the work of French-painter Henri Rousseau. Ocelot work has dignified and explored art, architecture of Northern Africa, and Islamic folklore, calligraphy.

The daring themes in 'Kirkou & the Sorceress' include determination, independent thinking, and message of universal-approach. This film offers flamboyant, vivid colorful influence of culture such as that of Ancient Egyptian Art and African Sculpture.

NOTE: There's lesser nudity of both female and male; as it could be in norm in pre-colonel Africa.
½ February 23, 2012
It's no surprise that this animated adventure is mostly culled from old West African legends, as it plays like a straightforward, unflinching fairy tale. Completely absurd notions, like the infant protagonist emerging at a dead sprint from his mother's womb, are dismissed offhand in the same vein as Little Red Riding Hood's incognito wolf. That fundamental acceptance frees up the storyline to be as wildly adventurous as it likes, and coats the whole endeavor in a veil of whimsy and charm. The result is a yarn on par with Miyazaki and Disney, although the uneven animation quality ultimately keeps it from reaching those lofty heights. At times it's as beautiful and fluid as the best western animation, with a style and panache all its own, but that dedication rarely lasts long. Bright, innocent and optimistic, it's solid fare for open-minded families who don't mind navigating a sea of topless native tribeswomen.
October 2, 2011
Una película de animación basada en leyendas del oeste de África. Muy entretenida y llena de color. Optimista donde las haya.
May 21, 2011
read this book when i was in third grade for french and saw the movie c'est vraiment mauvais.
April 27, 2011
March 7, 2011
I loved this movie. The art work is breathtaking. The story is simply told but compelling. It is so refreshing to see an African tale without Hollywood influence.
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