Enchanting folk tale with toddler hero, for all ages. Read Common Sense Media’s Kirikou and the Sorceress review, age rating, and parents guide. Any summary of Kirikou And The Sorceress makes it sound like another animated fable about an exceptional, adventuring hero. But by. Philippe Moins reviews Michel Ocelot’s first feature film Kirikou and the Sorceress . Despite trials and tribulations, it is a charming success.

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This production provides an introduction sorceresx African art, music, culture, and the structure of tribal communities. Numerous clear, positive messages throughout. Most important, instead of Kirikou seeking only to destroy the sorceress, he wants to find out why she’s mean and evil. When he does that, he is able to change the course of his village’s history without violence. The sorceress fights to keep her people from wisdom in order to retain her power over them.

The more frightened her people are, the more powerful she is. Kirikou, despite his age barely a toddler and size is a true sprceress in the purest sense. He models loyalty, bravery, wisdom, kiriku, and honesty. The sorceress appears to be evil solely for the sake of power and evil itself.

But when the source of her wickedness is uncovered and she is relieved of it, she, too, becomes a good person. Even her henchmen called fetishes and animated as robots are “delivered from evil” by the heroic Kirikou. There are some mildly scary images. An evil sorceress holds an entire village hostage with her malevolent voice, threats of magic, and an army of “fetishes” not-very-scary robots.

A skunk with bared teeth chases a toddler; a wart hog threatens the little boy as well as some animals; a snake is let loose to frighten the innocents. A boat appears to carry off a group of children. In two sequences, there are moments during which the audience may believe that Kirikou, the toddler hero is dead, but he soon revives.

There is non-sexualized nudity in this highly-stylized animated film. The female characters, drawn simply and without great definition, are sorcersss naked from the waist up throughout. Their breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Children are naked; a male toddler’s genitals again simply and without definition are seen as a natural part of his body. Opening sequence depicts the outline of a mother ready to give birth.

The baby, ready to be born, speaks to her from inside her body, then is seen crawling out from beneath her skirt, delivering himself.

Parents need to know that while most kids and grownups will be charmed by and fully engaged in this film, there are some moderately scary images that might frighten the very young or very sensitive.

The main child character is challenged by a skunk with bared teeth, a wart hog chases him, a boat carries off some of the village children against their will, and a villainous sorceress makes powerful threats and uses magic.


The simple animation depicts the population of an African village with women naked from the waist up breasts of all shapes and sizes are seen and children sometimes naked or with a loin cloth. Kirikou — the main character — is a toddler, and his genitals are sometimes visible in profile but without any detail. Add your rating See all 8 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 1 kid review.

Kirikou is born into an African village that is ruled by Karaba, an evil sorceress and her minions robots called “fetishes”. She has cut off all their water and is believed to have eaten all the men of the village.

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The women and children who remain, live in fear and poverty as a result. In his innocence and with great self-confidence, the tiny Kirikou sets out to find the source of Karaba’s wickedness, destroy her evil, and return the village to peace and prosperity. Along the way, he is faced with many obstacles the sorceress places in his path, as well as a gaggle of older children who make fun of him, and, finally, a wise man who helps lead him closer to his goal.

This unique, beautiful film is thoughtful, funny, imaginative, and, at the same time, speaks to the best human impulses and behavior. Kirikou, the heroic toddler, with the wisdom of the ages and unwavering love for the world around him, does not wish merely to defeat the evil sorceress, but also to understand why she behaves as she does.

Magically, because of Kirikou’s tenacity and courage, the villain is not defeated, but redeemed. It’s a movie that grownups and kids of all ages can delight in together. Families can talk about how art and the music in this animated film from France and Belgium differs from the art and music in American animated films?

Most cartoon heroes set out to defeat the larger-than-life villains they encounter. What is different about Kirikou’s quest? How do the animators represent the human body in this movie? If you were embarrassed when you first saw Kirikou and the female villagers, did that change as you became accustomed to the way they were drawn? In lots of movies, we can figure out how it’s going to end very early. In what ways did this story surprise you? Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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Some mildly insulting name-calling: What parents need to know Parents need to know that while most kids and kirijou will be charmed by and fully engaged in this film, there are some moderately scary images that might frighten the very young or very sensitive. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews.

Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Parent of a 6 year old Written by apisurtica March 1, Precocious compassion and problem solving This may be the most revered of films I have watched with my child!

The film is so beautiful to watch and listen to, and the pacing gives lots of opportunities Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written by MamaRo May 17, A bit scary for age 5 I personally didn’t think this would have been that scary for my 5 year old daughter. She is usually in line with other Common Sense Media ratings. Kid, 9 years old January 2, Kirikou and the Sorceress takes place in Africa.

Many of the woman in Kirikou’s village don’t have clothes over their breasts and at the end there is Is it any good? Talk to your anf about Movie details In theaters: February 18, On DVD or streaming: May 24, Cast: Family and Kids Character Strengths: CompassionCourage Run time: Character Strengths Find more movies that help kids build character. For kids who love fascinating stories. Best Foreign Films for Kids.

The Secret of Kells. Magical animated adventure is intense but kiriou. Touching robot-kid friendship kidikou has great messages.