Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Kirikou and the Sorceress
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.
This charming animated feature is a welcome antidote to the relentless cutesiness inherent in so many child-oriented toons.
Kirikou and the Sorceress's surprising honesty about the banality of evil makes the movie -- even with all its magic -- feel truly authentic.
Should appeal to younger children and to adults who can appreciate its quiet pleasures.
Audience Reviews for Kirikou and the Sorceress
An enjoyable and simple animation with an honest moral lesson, though clearly made for very small children. It makes for a good time, especially in its second act, but the ending could have been better.
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...
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.
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