Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

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Kirikou and the Wild Beasts
Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages
Directed by Michel Ocelot
Bénédicte Galup
Produced by Didier Brunner
Written by Philippe Andrieux
Bénédicte Galup
Marie Locatelli
Michel Ocelot
Starring Pierre-Ndoffé Sarr
Awa Sene Sarr
Music by Manu Dibango et al.
Distributed by Gébéka Films
Release date
  • 13 May 2005 (2005-05-13) (Cannes)
  • 7 December 2005 (2005-12-07) (France)
Running time
75 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $4.8 million
Box office $13 million[1]

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (French: Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages) is a 2005 French animated feature film. It premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival on 13 May[2] and, unlike its predecessor, received only festival screenings in all English-speaking territories. It was released on English-subtitled DVD-Video in the United States by KimStim (distributed by Kino International) on 29 July 2008 as Kirikou and the Wild Beast.[1]


The film is a sub-story to Kirikou and the Sorceress rather than a straight sequel. The movie is set while Kirikou is still a child and Karaba is still a sorceress. Like Princes et princesses and Les Contes de la nuit, it is an anthology film comprising several episodic stories, each of them describing Kirikou's interactions with a different animals. It is however unique among Michel Ocelot's films, not only in that it is co-directed by Bénédicte Galup (who has previously worked with him as an animator) but also for each of the stories being written by a different person (in all other cases, Ocelot has been the sole writer and director of his films).



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