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Zarafa (2015)

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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, Charles X. Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan from fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land - even if it means risking his own life - because he must fulfill his promise to Zarafa's late mother. During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, a pair of unusual twin cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate queen Bouboulina.

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Cast

Vernon Dobtcheff
as Wise Old Man, Le vieux sage
Roger Dumas
as Charles X
Ronit Elkabetz
as Bouboulina
Déborah François
as Adult Zarafa
Joe Ochman
as Malaterre
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Zarafa is a gorgeously delicate hand-drawn animation about the first giraffe to make the perilous journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.

October 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Kirikou movies were livelier.

October 8, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

In trying to tell an epic tale over just 78 minutes, the filmmakers sacrifice anything that might have made their film memorable.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film veers from quasi-real to cartoonily silly and scenes either drag or whirl by too fast.

September 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

July 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

July 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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