• 1 hr 18 min
  • Animated
Zarafa Synopsis
Muhammad Ali of Egypt gives Charles X of France a giraffe.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By Bilge Ebiri
The patient storytelling and the elegant and colorful hand-drawn animation combine to give the film a pleasing, picture-book-like quality...
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80

Village Voice

By Sherilyn Connelly
Beautifully animated and often moving.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Jordan Mintzer
Using a wide-ranging color palette that shifts from the warmer hues of the Sahara desert to the colder, sadder blues and grays of old-time...
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70

The Dissolve

By Tasha Robinson
Everything about the way this story is rendered makes it feel much bigger than the characters and their limited travails can make it.
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70

Variety

By Boyd van Hoeij
While the gorgeous widescreen landscapes have a pencil-and-aquarelle quality, the characters themselves are literally rougher-edged, a...
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70

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Zarafa may not be the most groundbreaking feat of storytelling, but it does have a giraffe in a balloon.
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40

Empire

The film veers from quasi-real to cartoonily silly and scenes either drag or whirl by too fast.
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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.
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