Kirikou and the Sorceress

  • U
  • Michel Ocelot (1998)
  • Fr / Bel / Lux
  • 70 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

With a story inspired by a West African fable, graphics gleaned from indigenous art and a score by Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour, this is a glorious escape from the bland correctness and commercial cynicism of mainstream animation. Refusing to patronise either the community in which the story is set (by over-clothing its inhabitants) or its audience (by cosseting them from reality), Michel Ocelet's film challenges youngsters both to question social hierarchies and respect traditional values. But the infant Kirikou's quest to discover why the sorceress Karaba eats the local menfolk and surrounds herself with mischievous fetishes will also seize their imagination.

Plot Summary

A young boy sets out on a quest to save his village from a wicked sorceress who has dried up their spring and devoured all males except one. Animated drama based on an African folk tale, featuring the voices of Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr and William Nadylam. In French.

Cast and crew


Doudou Gueye Thiaw
Kirikou's mother
Maimouna Ndiaye
Karaba the sorceress
Awa Sene Sarr
Wise man of the mountain
Robert Lionsol
Kirikou as a young man
William Nadylam-Yotnda S├ębastien H├ębrant
Kirikou's uncle
Tshilombo Lubambu
Strong woman
Marie Augustine Diatta
Thin woman
Isseu Niang
Medium girl
Adjoua Barry


Michel Ocelot

Other Information

French dubbed
Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video and DVD
Released 1 Aug 2003
Certificate U