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.
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Title : Zarafa
Direction : Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie
Screenplay and 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, with the participation of Jean-François Halin and 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
Coproducer : 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, supervisor Bruno Seznec, editor Fabien Devillers, sound deisgner Sébastien Marquilly

Produced by : Prima Linea Productions
In co-production with : Pathé / France 3 Cinéma / Chaocorp / Scope Pictures

Duration 35 mm : 78 min.
Start of production : March 15th 2010
End of production : summer 2011
Audience : family
French release : February 8th 2012

Copyright : © 2011 Prima Linea Productions, Pathé Production, France 3 Cinéma, Chaocorp, Scope Pictures
N° visa : 123 004
Screenings and sales : Pathé Distribution