a.k.a. Kirikou and the Sorceress
Feature film • 9 December 1998 • 70 minutes
Direction and screenplay by Michel Ocelot • Music by Youssou N'Dour
Based on a West African folk tale
© Les Armateurs/Odec Kid Cartoons/France 3 cinéma/Studio O/RTBF/Monipoly/TEF/Exposure
Somewhere in West Africa, there was once a village which was small but happy and prosperous enough, fed by a natural spring and inhabited by hard-working people. Then one day, for seemingly no reason, it was subjected to the terrible wrath of the sorceress Karaba — since then, their spring has ceased to flow, and with her dark powers she constructed an army of fetishes with which to further torment the villagers. Many men have set out to defeat her, but none have ever returned. Now only the women and children remain.
One of these women was left pregnant with the child of one of the lost men. And one day she hears a small voice emanating from her womb — "Mother, please bring me into world!" But what a world it is to bring a child into, and what can a tiny boy do against the might of an evil man-eating sorceress?
- http://www.bfi.org.uk/education/teaching/kirikou Introduction and teaching resources for schools and at home
- http://leedsac.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2204806222 Facebook fan group
- http://thehathorlegacy.com/karaba-the-witch Feminist interpretation
- http://www.lemoutondenis.com/?p=464 (French) Comparison with the original folk tales
- http://www.ncu.edu.tw/~fr/news.php?news=323 (Traditional Chinese) Photos and information on the stage play performed by students of the National Central University of Taiwan
- http://www.playbill.com/news/article/109010.html Announcement of the French stage musical
- http://www.kirikou-et-karaba.com (French) Official Web site of the French stage musical
- http://www.gamesxtreme.net/gba/game/kirikou/screenshots.shtml Stills from the Game Boy Colour game
- http://myvideo.com.tw/anim/grant.html (Traditional Chinese) Mock-ups of Kirikou and Azur et Asmar merchandise
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z0rKhdu8JA&fmt=35 "La Chanson de Kirikou" karaoke
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iAK2bdikvA&fmt=35 Mandarin trailer
- http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gK8tnbLgyPs&fmt=35 Video of the Game Boy Colour game
- http://www.afca.asso.fr/spip.php?article252 (French)
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