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Zarafa Reviews

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April 8, 2019
Its story is entertaining and the multiple messages it espouses are all valid and important ones, but like trying to pack a giraffe into a Mini Cooper, it might not be the best idea and is a lacks a certain grace in places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2018
While the subtitles and material might skew this French-language animation towards older children, it is a beautifully rendered piece, with a heart is as big as the Sahara.
October 31, 2016
A lot of ground -- both literal and thematic -- is here covered in 78 wonderfully animated minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2015
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 | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2015
Zarafa is a gorgeously delicate hand-drawn animation about the first giraffe to make the perilous journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2015
The Kirikou movies were livelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 6, 2015
Although the animated characters have a detailed, Disney-friendly feel, there is little of the sentimentality that tends to fur the teeth of US animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 5, 2015
In trying to tell an epic tale over just 78 minutes, the filmmakers sacrifice anything that might have made their film memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 17, 2015
The film veers from quasi-real to cartoonily silly and scenes either drag or whirl by too fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2015
A return to animation in its most glorious form-beautiful, inspired, often laugh out loud, and most of all touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
July 17, 2015
Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 12, 2015
High-quality, gorgeous looking, entertaining, child-focused, attention-keeping tale imparts history, social significance, cultural diversity and value of passing on stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
July 3, 2015
Zarafa fails to supply an emotional punch to match the grandeur of its Lawrence of Arabia-inspired compositions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 2, 2015
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.
July 2, 2015
Zarafa is essential viewing simply because it foregrounds and normalizes black and Arabic characters in a medium that's usually focused on Caucasian protagonists
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 1, 2015
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.
October 13, 2012
A sweet story that's beautifully animated and will appeal to not only kids but adults also.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 27, 2012
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.
February 10, 2012
A colorfully compelling kids flick with darker historical undertones, Zarafa reps a smart and successful freshman animation effort from writer-director Remi Bezancon.
February 8, 2012
A visually splendid and emotionally satisfying animated adventure for all ages,
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