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Zarafa Review

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A little Sudanese boy and a giraffe travel from the savannah to 19th-century Paris.

★★★★★

Despite a decent English-language dub and good visuals, this French animation falls between two stools. It’s the story of a little Sudanese boy anda giraffe travelling from the savannah to 19th-century Paris, with critic-pleasing critiques of imperialism and royalty.

Some early scenes may be too harsh for tots, though, while the story’s too bumpy for older viewers. The film veers from quasi-real to cartoonily silly and scenes either drag or whirl by too fast. The background art is often lovely, but even in cartoons, you don’t go for the scenery.

The film veers from quasi-real to cartoonily silly and scenes either drag or whirl by too fast.

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