75 mn animated feature film (2005)

The noble Grandfather, sitting in his blue grotto, explains: 
"The story of Kirikou and the Sorceress was too short. My grandson did many good deeds that have not yet been told. They should not be forgotten and now I'm going to tell them."
So he tells us how creative Kirikou became a gardener, an investigator, a potter, a merchant, a traveller and a doctor. Kirikou is the smallest hero and he is the most intrepid!
"Kirikou and the Sorceress" was a story with an end, that's all. When success came, I was asked if I would make a sequel. I just shrugged my shoulders: That's just not what I do. The story had drawn to a close, and no sequel was possible (the attractive naked baby ends up as an adult, dressed up and married!). Didier Brunner, the producer, moved skilfully, he knew he was onto a good thing and he did not give up. He suggested little stories for the television, directed, under my supervision, by a knowledgeable person, leaving me some free time.
"Three little Kirikou stories?! Why don't you make four and we can release a DVD!", everyone commented. "Four little stories?! Make a feature film: with a cinema release, you will get a bigger budget than with television and you can make a quality film!" 
The truth is something unexpected happened: everyone loved Kirikou! Young and old, in my country and abroad, they were all asking for a sequel. 
"You have done something good for us, and you must continue. You have no right to stop". 
After several years of sustained refusal, I accepted. I told Benedicte Galup, who would have preferred to be the sole master, that we were shooting a feature film and I had to be in control. So we co-directed this once unthinkable Kirikou II. It actually attracted a bigger audience than "Kirikou and the Sorceress".
Les Armateurs, co-produced with Gebeka Films, France 3 Cinéma and Studio O.
World sales: Celluloïd Dreams
Technical data
Technique: Traditional animation
Image format: 1,77
Screening formats: 35 mm and DCP, DVD and HD-DVD
Languages: French, Basque, Castillan, Catalan
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Directors: Michel Ocelot and Bénédicte Galup
Screenplay, dialogues and graphic design: Michel Ocelot
Storyboard: Michel Ocelot and Olivier Reynal
Synopsis: Michel Ocelot, Philippe Andrieu, Marine Locatelli, Bénédicte Galup
Original music score: Manu Dibango
Animation studios: Armata TMT (Vietnam), Jetmedia (Latvia)
Download full credits (in French)

The Children's Screening, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (France), 2005
Presentation at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New-York, 2006
Presentation at the BARBICAN CENTER, London (UK), 2006

  • Public Prize for the Best Feature Film, International Film Festival, Wissembourg (France), 2005
  • International Jury Prize, Animated Film Festival, Cairo (Egypt), 2006
  • Public Prize, Animovie Festival, Stuttgart (Germany), 2006
  • 1st Prize, Children's Jury for the best animated feature film, CICFF International Children's Festival, Chicago (United States)
  • 1st Prize, Adult Jury for the best animated feature film, CICFF International Children's Festival, Chicago (United States)
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