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Critic Reviews for Zarafa
In trying to tell an epic tale over just 78 minutes, the filmmakers sacrifice anything that might have made their film memorable.
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.
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.
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.
A colorfully compelling kids flick with darker historical undertones, Zarafa reps a smart and successful freshman animation effort from writer-director Remi Bezancon.
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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