[[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. A second interquel, ''Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes'' (''Kirikou and the Men and Women''), was released in 2012 and focuses on the people of Kirikou's village and beyond.

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

* ADayInTheLimelight: The first two stories in ''Kirikou and the Men and Women'' are centered around the woman who gets her hut burned down in the first film and the village elder with the nice hat respectively.
* AllLovingHero: Kirikou
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Karaba is evil because of all [[DrivenToVillainy the suffering she went through]] at the hands of men, including a very 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.
* InVinoVeritas: In ''Kirikou and the Men and Women'', those strange fruits that had been on the plant a little too long cause the old man to admit his love for everyone in the village. Except Karaba.
* {{Interquel}}: ''Kirikou and the Wild Beasts'' and ''Kirikou and the Men and Women'' consist of segments that take place between scenes in the first film.
* 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