Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Michel Ocelot (1998)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

Kirikou 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 Sébastien Hébrant
Kirikou's uncle Tshilombo Lubambu
Strong woman Marie Augustine Diatta
Thin woman Isseu Niang
Medium girl Adjoua Barry
Director Michel Ocelot
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Other Information

Language: French dubbedColourTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 1 Aug 2003