From the depths of his blue cave, Kirikou’s grandfather declares: “The story of Kirikou and The Witch was too short. There was not the time to tell all that Kirikou has accomplished. For he has accomplished many fine things, which it would be wrong to forget. Listen, then, as I tell you more tales of Kirikou.” And so Kirikou’s grandfather starts to tell how the clever little boy learnt to become a gardener, a detective, a maker of pottery, a merchant, a traveler and a doctor, all while remaining, as ever, the smallest and bravest of heroes. African textiles inspired the animated film’s palette of ambers, ochers, and brightly colored patterns, and the film’s lush soundtrack brings together acclaimed musicians Youssou N’Dour from Senegal, Rokia Traoré from Mali, and Manu Dibango from Cameroon. A sweet fable from the producer of The Triplets of Belleville. –Celluloid Dreams
Michel Ocelot is a French writer, character designer, storyboard artist and director of animated films and television programs (formerly also animator, background artist, narrator and other roles in earlier works) and a former president of the International Animated Film Association. Though best known for his 1998 début feature Kirikou and the Sorceress, his earlier films and television work had already won Césars and British Academy Film Awards among others and he was made a chevalier of the Légion d’honneur on 23 October 2009, presented to him by Agnès Varda whom had been promoted to commandeur earlier the same year.
He was born in 1943 to a Catholic family then in Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera, who relocated to Guinea, West Africa for much of his childhood, moving back to Anjou in France during his adolescence. As a teenager he played with and created toy theater productions and was inspired to become an animator through viewing Hermína Týrlová’s Vzpoura hraček… read more
Very good prequel to "Kirikou et la sorcière", beautiful colors and animation and the story too but I liked it less than the first one... (One thing that really bugged me is that Kirikou's voice wasn't the same...)
Kirikou And The Wild Beasts was one of the first films I added to my “must watch” list on this site, and I’m so pleased that I was finally able to see it. The animation is two-dimensional, yet more… read review