©Prima Linea
©Prima Linea
Feature Film | 2009-2012 | Animation | Belgium, France


Brief synopsis

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.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Hassan [L]Simon Abkarian
Malaterre [L]François-Xavier Demaison
Le vieux sage [L]Vernon Dobtcheff
Charles X [L]Roger Dumas
Bouboulina [L]Ronit Elkabetz
Mahmoud [L]Mohamed Fellag
Zarafa adulte [L]Déborah François
Moreno [L]Thierry Frémont
Le Pacha [SR]Mostéfa Stiti
Maki [SR]Max Renaudin
Saint-Hilaire [SR]Philippe Morier-Genoud
Soula [SR]Clara Quilichini


1st ADAdeline Bonacchi
Casting directorMaya Serrulla
Casting director (children)Soria Moufakkir
DirectorRémi Bezançon
DirectorJean-Christophe Lie
EditorSophie Reine
ComposerLaurent Perez Del Mar
ProducerValérie Schermann
ProducerChristophe Jankovic
ProducerVivien Aslanian
Production designerIgor David
Production managerOlivier Bizet
2D animation
2D animation
Production managerFrançois Bernard
IdeaAlexandre Abela
IdeaRémi Bezançon
IdeaJean-Claude Jean
Sound supervisorBruno Seznec
Sound re-recording mixerFabien Devillers
Sound editorSébastien Marquilly

Production companies

Chaocorp Productions [fr]
France 3 Cinéma [fr]
Pathé [fr]
Prima Linea Productions [fr]
Scope Pictures [be]

Distributing companies

Pathé [fr]


Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 08/02/2012