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 means risking his own life - because he must fulfill his promise to Zarafa's late mother. During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, a pair of unusual twin cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate queen Bouboulina.
Animation , Kids & Family
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Vernon Dobtcheff
as Wise Old Man
Roger Dumas
as Charles X
Ronit Elkabetz
as Bouboulina
Mohamed Fellag
as Mahmoud
Déborah François
as Adult Zarafa, Zarafa adult
Philippe Morier-Genoud
as Saint-Hilaire
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Critic Reviews for Zarafa

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

In trying to tell an epic tale over just 78 minutes, the filmmakers sacrifice anything that might have made their film memorable.

Full Review… | October 4, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

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 26, 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 9, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Gently told, but with wild flights of imagination involving hot-air balloons, nomads and spectacular scenery, it's a charming adventure, undercut with wise observations about big themes ...

Full Review… | October 10, 2015

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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