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  • Directors: Michel Ocelot
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: French
  • Audio Description: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00120S9LO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "decosan" on 12 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
This is a tremendous film, and a beautiful DVD. My son wanted to watch nothing else for the last four weeks, his enthusiasm for it was immense.
This movie is nothing like your standard cartoon offering - the story is simple and pure, the animation is crisp, the music is enchanting, there is no attempt to dress-up the story, and the representation of West African culture is pretty fair.
If you can (or your kids can) understand any French then try to watch the movie in its original language, the songs and the dialogue work much better, plus the accentation of the English dubbing is questionable (while all the accents are African they span the whole continent so it sounds very "dubbed").
The DVD pack comes with a bonus disk which is interesting and fun, but only in French.
All in all I cannot recommend this more highly. This is a great movie that kids will watch over and over again.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 12 July 2007
Format: DVD
The sweet-natured Kirikou and the Sorceress, is a French animated movie drawing on a West African tale that has an authenticity The Lion King lacks. The diminutive, preternaturally wise hero talks in his mother's womb, cuts his own umbilical cord and proceeds to save the village from an oppressive sorceress. The two-dimensional drawings with the characters usually in profile look like folk art and have the feel of a children's book. The attractive score is by the Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour.
By the way, watch the original French version which adapts itselt to Westren African based accents as opposed to the dubbed English version which incorporates a broader range of African accents.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Muller on 28 July 2006
Format: DVD
Beautiful animation about a baby saving his village from an evil sorceress. In the same sort of vein as Spirited Away - animation that highlights the magic and wonder in the world it depicts, and a central character who wins the day by having courage in his convictions, and seeing the world through unjaded eyes. For me, this is even better than SA - it features a much more likeable hero and characters are voiced and animated with greater verve.

The movie opens with pregant mother stroking her belly. A small voice proclaims "Mother, I am ready to be born." Brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This Senegalese cartoon film is one of the most appealing animated films of the last 10 years for both adults and children. The images are beautiful and slow-moving, a far cry from the Japanese action-loaded Pokemon stories. The music by Youssou N-Dour is beautiful but very discreet. Yet, the story has all the suspense, love, drama, humour and action you can wish for. Children will ask to watch it again and again (and so will you). If the world had more films like these for children, it might be a better place to grow up in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This film is a piece of art and it appeals to both kids and their parents. My daughter and I were absolutely mesmerised by the animation, the story and the music. We have watched it a few times and never tire of watching it again. It's so original and different. I wish there were more films like this for kids. There is also a sequel of this film' Kiriku and the Wild Beasts' as beautiful as this one. Absolutely recommend it, you'll not be dissapointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omnes on 12 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Before seeing that movie, I was hesitant because I was afraid that I would see another motion picture that would reuse the same formulas Disney used in its animation in the late 1990's. And by that I mean an illogical and politically correct happy ending, along with too many songs that would slow down and hurt the rhythm of the movie's plot.

But to my surprise, I discovered in Mcihel Ocleot's movie a masterpiece. Through its story, we witness the showdown between the wisdom of a courageous and wise infant against an impressive and terrifying witch.

Technically, the animation, the colors and the backgrounds, a specialty in Michel Ocelot's movies, are magical. And even though certain animation experts would spend their whole time trying to to identify animation mistakes in the movie, which is what some of them keep doing instead of watching a story, they could not be unmoved by this story, along with its great ending,

As for the soundtrack and title song, Youssou N'Dour enriches the film with a musical culture that will introduce many people to West African music and to this composer's career.

Finally, it is thanks to this movie that Michel Ocelot got the international success he deserved, after making for many years short features and TV series in France, and started to release many features films featuring his Kirikou, his Cinesi characters, the excellent Azur and Asmar, and a videoclip for Bjork's single "Earth Intruders".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By minischnauzer on 16 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
lovely, cultural film, but Head Teacher at primary school where I teach French, said it's not suitable to show to the 7 - 11 yr old pupils because of the bare breasts (albeit cartoon ones!) - oh how prudish/English! I'm sure the French don't have a problem with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marzena Goralska on 8 Nov. 2008
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[[ASIN:B0000VJID4 Kirikou And The Sorceress [2002]

Amazing animated movie for kids. My daughters were simply enchanted by it. Lovely story about little, sweet african boy and his adventures on the way to fight the sourceress. Beautiful animation, packed with fun and humour, teaching about most vauable things in life and most of all pure african folkore including great music. Glad I've discovered it. I love it myself. Just got another copy for a present.
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