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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
The film's animation at first threw me off a little. The cgi combined with the less than eye-popping hand drawn animation give a certain cheap feel, and the movement was reminiscent of stop motion. But as the film commenced I accepted it more and then I connected to film's visual style. Certain sequences had stunning artwork, and of course the character's designs that were true to West African culture was nice to experience. It shows where animated film can go. Family friendly films need not be restricted to talking animals and humor, but they can be an artistically produced story that depicts an influential venture into another culture. The film is indeed that, drawn and told true to West African tradition. Although, the story is entertaining in it's own right, with some non-traditional elements enhancing that. It employs the common premise of a hero, born with amazing gifts for really no reason, but his strengths do not trivialize his obstacles, and his decisions are admirable. All of the characters are human, including the villains, which in much American animation is doomed to a fate as simple-minded as the reason for the villain's evil side. Kirikou and the Sorccress is a story of morality, responsibility, prejudice and triumph. It's not really foreign for the average Disney film, but the story's unique presentation, score, story conception make it an animated film not to be missed.
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