Zarafa Reviews

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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.