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Zarafa Reviews

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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 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
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 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,
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
October 8, 2015
The Kirikou movies were livelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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