Kirikou and the Sorceress
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

This fanciful, animated feature from French artist and director Michel Ocelot is based on a popular folk tale from West Africa. Kirikou (voice of Theo Sebeko) informs his mother from the womb that it's time for him to be born, but when… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kirikou and the Sorceress is a beautifully uplifting throwback to a simpler animated era, with refreshingly unique art and a timeless soundtrack.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

TAn enchanting, life-affirming animation of love and redemption, made with no small measure of maturity and care - along with an all too rare respect for the art of storytelling.

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Time Out

It's a great package: salutary, short (74 minutes) and sweet.

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Ali Catterall
Film4

An enchanting, life-affirming animation of love and redemption, made with no small measure of maturity and care -- along with an all too rare respect for the art of storytelling.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

A marvel for eye and ear.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Kirikou and the Sorceress's surprising honesty about the banality of evil makes the movie -- even with all its magic -- feel truly authentic.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The two-dimensional drawings with the characters usually in profile look like folk art and have the feel of a children's book.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This charming animated feature is a welcome antidote to the relentless cutesiness inherent in so many child-oriented toons.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Should appeal to younger children and to adults who can appreciate its quiet pleasures.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

A welcome antidote to anodyne Hollywood cartooning.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An enjoyable animation that is simple and has an honest moral lesson, though clearly addressed to very small children. It makes for a good time, especially in… More
Marcus Woolcott
Simple yet effective animation brings this African folk tale to life. There's little to it: Kirikou is born tiny but doesn't let that stop him as he… More
John Ballantine
This is a wonderful and fabulously unique story for the kiddies. The only problem is finding it. It may take some searching but it will be worth it.
Marion Ravenwood
This was a very cool, myth story. I found it cute and very entertaining.
Lesley N
Pocket-sized Kirikou, top contender for hero-with-the-cutest-bum-in-the-world, sorts out his villagers woes and saves the day. The plot flows along like being… More