Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
"Kirikou et la sorcière" (original title)

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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doudou Gueye Thiaw ...
Kirikou enfant (voice)
Maimouna N'Diaye ...
La Mère (voice)
Awa Sene Sarr ...
Karaba (voice) (as Awa Sène Sarr)
Robert Liensol ...
Le Sage dans la montagne (voice) (as Robert Lionsol)
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as William Nadylam-Yotnda)
Sebastien Hebrant ...
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as Sébastien Hébrant)
Thilombo Lubambu ...
L'Oncle (voice) (as Tshilombo Lubambu)
Marie Augustine Diatta ...
La Femme forte (voice)
Moustapha Diop ...
Fétiche sur le toît (voice) (as Mouhamadou Moustapha Diop)
Isseu Niang ...
La Femme maigre (voice)
Selly Raby Kane ...
La Grande Fille (voice)
Erick Patrick Correa ...
Le Grand Garçon (voice)
Adjoua Barry ...
La Fille moyenne (voice)
Charles Edouard Gomis Correa ...
Le Garçon moyen (voice)
Marie-Louise Shedeye Diiddi ...
La Petite Fille (voice)


In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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€3,800,000 (estimated)

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[Michel Ocelot] had first envisioned Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) as a silhouette animation (the medium he had been working in since 1988's We Are the Star (1988)) and wrote the initial version of the screenplay with this manner of presentation in mind. Karaba's "breast jewelry" emerged during this phase as a device to prevent her having the appearance of having only one breast when her torso was turned to a three-quarter view but was retained despite the changeover to full color. See more »


All of the villagers: [singing joyously] Kirikou, he's so brave! Thanks to him we are safe! Kirikou, small in size! But he is very wise!
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Written by Youssou N'Dour
Performed by Boubacar Mendy (as Bouba Mendy)
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16 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to rent this from Netflix, and I'm so glad I did! I fell in love with the style and the rich colors, and though I live in the US, I was glad to see the women and children as they really are,semi or completely nude. After awhile,I didn't even notice it,and I think that it made Karaba the sorceress even more beautiful. The plants and animals were very well drawn, and I was relieved to see that none of the animals talk or sing. Kirikou himself is a very well realized character,and the folk of his village stay true to human nature. I would definitely recommend this film to families, but just be sure that the adults can handle seeing naked children and lots of cartoon boobs. The kids won't even notice if parents don't make a fuss over it, and that's not what really matters in the story anyway. The point is that Kirikou stays true to himself and he turns out to be a very moral person, even without clothes. Try it, you'll like it!

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