a film by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie
produced by Prima Linea Productions
co-produced by Pathé Production, France 3 Cinéma, Chaocorp, Scope Pictures
French release : February 2012
78 min. – 2K – 2:35 – Dolby Digital 5.1
Mission of the studio : preparation and production of the entire 2D image of the film.
Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a little boy aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X.
Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan from fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his own life – because he must fulfill his promise to Zarafa’s late mother.
During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, a pair of unusual twin cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate queen Bouboulina.
Direction: Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie
Screenplay & dialogues: Rémi Bezançon and Alexander Abela
Loosely inspired by the true story of the giraffe given by the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France in 1827.
Adaptation: Rémi Bezançon, avec la participation de Jean-François Halin et Vanessa Portal
Based on an original idea of: Alexander Abela, Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Claude Jean
Graphic creation: Jean-Christophe Lie
Original soundtrack: Laurent Perez del Mar
With the voices of: Simon Abkarian, François-Xavier Demaison, Vernon Dobtcheff, Roger Dumas, Ronit Elkabetz, Fellag, Deborah François, Thierry Frémont, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Max Renaudin, Clara Quilichini, Mostefa Stiti
Producers: Valérie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic
Co-producer : Vivien Aslanian
Production manager: François Bernard
Storyboard : Jean-Christophe Lie and Rémi Bezançon
Animation supervisor: Yoshimichi Tamura
Animation assistants supervisor: Éric Omond
Layout supervisor: Jean-Luc Serrano
Backgrounds supervisor: Igor David
Color models: Emma Mc Cann
Compositing supervisor: Jean-Pierre Bouchet
Editing: Sophie Reine
Sound design and editing: Piste Rouge, direction Bruno Seznec, mixing Fabien Devillers, sound designer Sébastien Marquilly
Produced by: Prima Linea Productions
In co-production with: Pathé / France 3 Cinéma / Chaocorp / Scope Pictures
Copyright : © 2011 Prima Linea Productions, Pathé Production, France 3 Cinéma, Chaocorp, Scope Pictures
N° visa : 123 004
Sales and distribution : Pathé Distribution
Zarafa and The French Dispatch at the Fête de l'Anim'
Screenings followed by a meeting of the films Zarafa and The French Dispatch at the CGR in Angoulême on the occasion of the Anime Festival organized by Magelis in partnership with the AFCA (Association Française du Cinéma d’Animation) from 20 to October 28, 2022.
French Dispatch : 26/10 – 7:30 p.m. – CGR Cinema
In the presence of the 3.0 studio team who worked on the animated sequence of the film
infos & booking
Zarafa : 22/10
2:30 p.m. – CGR Cinema
In the presence of co-director and graphic author Jean-Christophe Lie and producer Christophe Jankovic
infos & booking