[[caption-width-right:350:Kirikou and Karaba.]]

'''''Kirikou et la Sorcière''''' ('''''Kirikou and the Sorceress''''') is a 1998 French animated film, directed by Michel Ocelot, loosely based on a West African {{fairy tale}}.

It tells the story of a tiny baby boy, named Kirikou, who is born in a spectacular way (all by himself, without effort of his mother nor outside help) and can speak and walk immediately after being born. After a couple of questions, he learns that a wicked sorceress, Karaba, has cursed the village and devoured all the men and boys, except his uncle, who is on his way to fight the sorceress. [[spoiler:He tricks the sorceress, saves his uncle as well as the children of the village (twice!!), brings the water back to the dried-up spring and, among other things, discovers the sorceress' true motivations]].

There's lots of controversy because of the depiction of nudity, although the real pre-colonial Africans did walk that way in a completely asexual atmosphere. But since America has terrible issues with [[NippleAndDimed women's nipples]], the film wasn't released in the United States until 2002.

It was so successful that it spawned an {{interquel}} called ''Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages'' (''Kirikou and the Wild Beasts'') in 2005 and a [[TheMusical musical]], ''Kirikou et Karaba'' (''Kirikou and Karaba''), in 2007.

!!''Kirikou and the Sorceress'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllLovingHero: Kirikou
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Karaba is evil because of all [[DrivenToVillainy the suffering she went through]] at the hands of men, including very a subtly implied [[RapeAsDrama rape]]. All the bad things that she allegedly had done are ultimately proved to be false. She does hate everyone, but she [[HeelFaceTurn gets better]].]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Why is Karaba the Sorceress wicked?" by Kirikou, naturally.
* AudibleSharpness: When Karaba's fetish passes her the Poisoned Lance, the camera lingers on the nasty-looking blade. It shines and sounds very sharp indeed.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted with Karaba [[spoiler:although she does get prettier when she makes a HeelFaceTurn]].
* BigBad: Karaba
* ConstantlyCurious: Kirikou's defining trait.
* DarkestAfrica
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Even after saving the other children from the sorceress several times, bringing back the water supply, and even turning Karaba good, the villagers still treat Kirikou like complete crap.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Karaba wears lots of jewelry, including in her hair and on her breasts.
* FertileFeet: [[spoiler:During Karaba's HeelFaceTurn, the plants and flowers she previously had eroded with her WalkingWasteland ability, comes back to life prettier than before.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: The old man of the village, but he's not very wise (nor humble).
* HappyEnding: [[spoiler:Karaba turns good, all the men of the village who supposedly were dead were actually alive and well, and all the main problems for the village seem fixed.]]
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Karaba
* HermitGuru: The Wise Old Man of the Mountain, Kirikou's grandpa.
* HotWitch: Karaba
* ImAHumanitarian: Karaba. [[spoiler:Not really! The men she allegedly had eaten were, actually, [[BalefulPolymorph turned into Fetish]].]]
* ImprobableHairstyle: Karaba's star-like afro.
* {{Interquel}}: ''Kirikou and the Wild Beasts''
* KidHero: Kirikou
* LikesOlderWomen: Kirikou
-->'''[[spoiler:Karaba]]:''' One day, you will say that to a nice little girl.\\
'''Kirikou:''' I don't like little girls!
* TheMusical: ''Kirikou and Karaba''
* {{Mooks}}: The Fetish (''no'', not ''that'' kind of [[FetishFuel fetish]]).
* {{Mordor}}: Not an entire nation or country, but the area surrounding Karaba's hut looks pretty dead.
* OvernightAgeUp: [[spoiler:A kiss from Karaba turns Kirikou from a cute baby boy into a handsome young man.]]
* RampageFromANail: The sorceress's reason to be -- [[spoiler:a massive thorn in her back, stuck so deeply in the only way to remove it is with your teeth. When it's removed,]] she gets better.
* SuperSpeed: Kirikou's defining trait. It's never truly explained why, but it's a key plot point.
* WalkingWasteland: Karaba
* WonderChild: Kirikou