Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Arriving on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital platforms on November 10, 2015 is Zarafa from Cinedigm. Zarafa is inspired by the true story the first giraffe to visit France and is the French-Belgian animated film and a festival favorite, officially selected at Berlin, London and New York International Children’s Film Festival, among many others. This “enchanting African Fable” was nominated for the covented Cesar Award for Best Animated Film and an Annie Award for Directing in an Animated Feature Production.
Zarafa is directed by Remi Bezancon and Jean-Christophe Lie . Written by Alexander AbelaRémi Bezançon and Stars Max Renaudin Pratt (Heavy Rain video game), Simon Abkarian (House of Saddam TV Series) and François-Xavier Demaison (360).

Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa a baby giraffe and an orphan just like him as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to king Charles of France. And so Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot air balloon to cross the Mediterranean setting off an adventure across Northern Africa the bustling port of Marseilles and over the snow capped peaks of the Alps arriving at last in Paris. But all the while Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her original home.

My Opinion: This is a great animated tale and so touching who knew this was based on a true story I was sad for Maki and Zarafa as they had no parents just each other and the journey was spectacular. It is a must see for all.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

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