Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

Little Kirikou, the quick-thinking, two-foot-tall star of the acclaimed animated film Kirikou and the Sorceress, is back in this entertaining “prequel” from director Michel Ocelot and codirector Bénédicte Galup. No problem is too big for the ultra-small Kirikou; whether overcoming a beast threatening his village's crops, studying medicine to help the sick, or hitching a ride with a giraffe through a magical jungle, our pint-sized hero is always one step ahead of his constant nemesis, the sinister sorceress Karaba. Based on traditional West African folktales, and with vibrant, gorgeously painted animations and a superb soundtrack by musicians Youssou N'Dour and Manu Dibango, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts shows it's not age or size that matter, but the strength of one's mind and heart.

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