Zarafa (2015)




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Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a little boy aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X. Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan from fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land - even if it … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rémi Bezançon, Alexander Abela
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 10, 2015
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as Wise Old Man

as Charles X

as Bouboulina

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Critic Reviews for Zarafa

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

This hand-drawn French adventure is a children's story in the routine template of many friends-and-villains quests, but with a fresh historical setting and a serenely subdued look.

Full Review… | July 2, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Since there are giraffes in Parisian zoos, there necessarily had to be a first one, and Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie's Zarafa is a beautifully animated and often moving telling of how it arrived there in the early 1800s.

Full Review… | July 1, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

While the gorgeous widescreen landscapes have a pencil-and-aquarelle quality, the characters themselves are literally rougher-edged, a clever reminder of the hand-drawn, sketchlike quality of traditional animation.

Full Review… | March 27, 2012
Top Critic

A colorfully compelling kids flick with darker historical undertones, Zarafa reps a smart and successful freshman animation effort from writer-director Remi Bezancon.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A return to animation in its most glorious form-beautiful, inspired, often laugh out loud, and most of all touching.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
Under the Radar

Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.

Full Review… | July 17, 2015
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Zarafa


This started off so well and the animation is beautiful. But the film loses steam halfway through as you start to realize there is no real point to this story. Beautiful art, bad story choice.

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