Synopsis: The plot of the film has a grandfather telling his grand kids the story of Maki, a young boy who escapes from slave traders, befriends a giraffe (the title character), cross the desert, meet a pirate, and a few other things on a trip that takes him from Africa to Paris.
Production: GKIDS
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

- My name is Soula. And you?

- Maki.


Don't cry.

They burnt my village.

My father will come and rescue me.

He is a great warrior.

If you are here, Maki, it's because they burnt your village, too.

I said "Quiet!!"

Go easy on them. Don't ruin the merchandise.

Look, Soula, the chains are too big for us.

- We can escape.

- Stop, Maki, it's too dangerous.


Hamok! Go get him!

Good luck, Maki.

Hamok! Shut up, idiot!

I hope the little bastard is in there.

Stupid dog!! I don't wanna hear you again

till we reach Alexandria!

We'll hunt again tomorrow.

Thus began the grandiose adventure of Maki

and his friends.








The morning after...

One, two, three, four, five

How many legs do you have?

I saw you!

Nobody escapes me.

Let's go

I'll take you back by the scruff of the neck, my little man!

Come here, you!


You'll stop running!

Damn beast! Get lost!

Make yourself scarce, I said!


Come now.

You are mine.

He is nobody's.

Drop the gun or I kill you.

Now get lost before I change my mind.

We will meet again.

For your sake, I hope not.


- What are you doing?

- Go home before they find you again.

- Where are you taking him?

- I said go home.

Where are you taking him?!!

I promise you I'll protect her and

do everything I can to take her back.

A mirage?

Yes. Mirages exist.

What is a mirage?

A mirage is like a dream you have while your eyes are open.

A dream without sleeping?

Exactly. Dreaming while awake.

Then, he didn't really the oasis?

In the desert, never trust what you are seeing.

Sometimes, it can play tricks on you.

In the desert, or elsewhere...

Never take what you see at face value.

Why are you following me?

You don't want to answer me?

Good. I don't like talkative people.

I am following my giraffe.

Your giraffe?

What's its name, your giraffe?

I don't know.

We'll call her Zarafa.

In my language, it means "Giraffe".

Where do you take her?

She refuses to drink. If she doesn't drink, she will die.

Tomorrow, we need to find something to eat.

We'll go to Mahmoud's.

Then I'll find a caravan that will take you home.



If you go far from this camp

you will get lost.

If you get lost,

you will die.

Unless you can find your way in the stars.

In the desert or in the middle of the ocean

if you are lost,

ask the sky.


Hey, Mahmoud!

I can't believe my eyes! Hassan!


So you found your giraffe?

The Pasha will be happy.

She is magnificent!


I need milk.


I have milk.

Do you want it skimmed, half-skimmed, pasteurized, concentrated, dehydrated.....

- I have very good yogurt.

- Just milk.

Milk. Just milk he said.

But milk of what? Goat? Sheep? Cow?


All right, all right, no problem, friend.

But tell me, what do you want milk for?

To make butter? cheese? crpes? cakes?

Goat milk. For the giraffe.

Goat milk.

I don't have it.

I will count to three.

But I've got cow milk.

Let me present Mounh and Sounh.

They are the sacred cows of Tibet.

Tibet? What is it?

It's a country. It's very big!

Isn't it obvious?

Do they give milk?

Of course! Not just any milk either. They give sacred milk!

Excellent for kids' growth. Also very good for...


For you, friend, two for the price of one.

Just one.

If you take just one, it's twice the price.

-How come? never separate twins.

Or it becomes very expensive.

I only need one.

Mounh or Sounh.



No, Sounh.

Why are they called Mounh and Sounh?

Because Moonh was born under the moon

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