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The animated feature, 'Kirikou,' arrives in France

"Kirikou et la Sorciere" ("Kirikou and the Witch") is a new 70-minute classically animated film by Michel Ocelot released in France on December 9, 1998. The film is about Kirikou, a tiny little boy, who's born in a small African village which has been put under a spell by the flagitious witch, Karaba. Kirikou is determined to set his languishing village free from the clutches of Karaba. The film features music composed by famous African singer/composer Youssou N'Dour. Although Ocelot has been making animated films for twenty years like "Cine Si" (1989), and "Les Contes de la Nuit" (a 12-part series produced in 1992), 'Kirikou' is his first feature. The film is a co-production between Les Armateurs, Odec Kid Cartoon, Monipoly, France 3 Cinema, Trans Europe Film, Studio O, Radio Television Belge and Exposure.