Kirikou and the sorceress

  • Kirikou et la sorcière
Genre : Animation
Type : Animation
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1998
Format : Feature
Running time : 74 (in minutes)

Set in West Africa, the film tells the story of baby boy Kirikou, who learns almost as soon as he is born that an evil witch watches over his village and has brought ruin to its inhabitants. The scene is set for Kirikou to battle the witch and save the day.

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Language: French w/ English subtitles or dubbed in English

This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Lisa Nesselson of Variety (11/1/99) notes: "KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS employs snappy visuals to tell a catchy story for all ages. A blend of African folktales "Kirikou" has both humor and flair." KIRIKOU depicts a precocious newborn infant who battles ignorance, and so-called evil, with endearing perseverance. This film speaks to the child within us all who yearns to express and defend the best in others and ourselves. KIRIKOU's stunning visuals are accented by a traditional music soundtrack by African music giant Youssou N' Dour of Senegal

France/Senegal, 1998, 74mins, animated feature, English, Michel Ocelot, dir.

voice of Kirikou as a baby: Doudou GUEYE THIAW
voice of Kirikou's mother: Maimouna NDIAYE,
voice of Karaba the sorceress: Awa SÈNE SARR
voice of wise man of the mountain: Robert LIENSOL,
voice of Kirikou as a young man: William NADYLAM-YOTNDA,
voice of Kirikou as a young man: Sébastien HÉBRANT,
voice of Kirikou's uncle: Tshilombo LUBAMBU,
voice of strong woman: Marie Augustine DIATTA,
voice of Fetish on the roof: Mouhamadou Moustapha DIOP,
voice of thin woman: Isseu NIANG,
voice of tall girl: Selly RABY KANE,
voice of tall boy: Erick Patrick CORREA,
voice of medium girl: Adjoua BARRY,
voice of medium boy: Charles Edouard GOMIS CORREA,
voice of small girl: Marie-Louise SHEDEYE DIIDDI,
voice of old man: Abdoulaye DIOP Yama,
voice of medium woman: Joséphine Theodora MBOUP,
voice of old woman: Thiaba NDIAYE,
voice of Fetish: Samba WANE,
voice of mother with baby: Aminatha NDIAYE,
voice of village man: François CHICAÏA,
voice of village woman: Ndéye Aïta NDIAYE,
voice of village man: Abdou El Aziz GUEYE,
voice of village woman: Boury KANDÉ,
voice of Karaba's cry: Assiatou DIENG-BA,
voice of animals: Michel ELIAS,
voice of Kirikou as a baby [ZA/Eng dub]: Theo SEBEKO,
voice of Karaba t/sorceress [ZA/Eng dub]: Antoinette KELLERMAN,
voice of Kirikou's uncle [ZA/Eng dub]: Fezele MPEKA,
voice of Kirikou's mother [ZA/Eng dub]: Kombisile SANGWENI,
voice of wise man/mountain [ZA/Eng dub]: Mabutho SITHOLE,


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