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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

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

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Country:

France | Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€3,800,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Michel Ocelot's directorial film debut. See more »

Quotes

The Mother: You have grown tall and handsome, my son!
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Connections

Followed by Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Kirikou
Written by Youssou N'Dour
Performed by Boubacar Mendy (as Bouba Mendy)
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Kirikou est mon ami
13 August 2007 | by GSmith9072See all my reviews

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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