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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

Kirikou and the Sorceress



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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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
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Written By: Michel Ocelot
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On DVD: May 24, 2005

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Critic Reviews for Kirikou and the Sorceress

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A marvel for eye and ear.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This charming animated feature is a welcome antidote to the relentless cutesiness inherent in so many child-oriented toons.

March 10, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Kirikou and the Sorceress's surprising honesty about the banality of evil makes the movie -- even with all its magic -- feel truly authentic.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Should appeal to younger children and to adults who can appreciate its quiet pleasures.

Full Review… | April 19, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

John Ballantine
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...

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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