Zarafa
Zarafa (2015)

Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a little boy aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 10, 2015
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

This hand-drawn French adventure is a children's story in the routine template of many friends-and-villains quests, but with a fresh historical setting and a serenely subdued look.

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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter

A colorfully compelling kids flick with darker historical undertones, Zarafa reps a smart and successful freshman animation effort from writer-director Remi Bezancon.

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Carson Lund
Slant Magazine

Zarafa fails to supply an emotional punch to match the grandeur of its Lawrence of Arabia-inspired compositions.

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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice

Since there are giraffes in Parisian zoos, there necessarily had to be a first one, and Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie's Zarafa is a beautifully animated and often moving telling of how it arrived there in the early 1800s.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.

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Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

Zarafa is essential viewing simply because it foregrounds and normalizes black and Arabic characters in a medium that's usually focused on Caucasian protagonists

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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety

While the gorgeous widescreen landscapes have a pencil-and-aquarelle quality, the characters themselves are literally rougher-edged, a clever reminder of the hand-drawn, sketchlike quality of traditional animation.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest

High-quality, gorgeous looking, entertaining, child-focused, attention-keeping tale imparts history, social significance, cultural diversity and value of passing on stories.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

A sweet story that's beautifully animated and will appeal to not only kids but adults also.

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