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Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" ... See full summary »

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Sekhuru (voice)
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Kai (voice)
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Zoe (voice)
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Ajax (voice)
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Tendai (voice)
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Gogo (voice)
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Budzo / Marabous (voice)
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Ezee (voice)
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Cecil (voice)
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Morton (voice)
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Pavi (voice)
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Tini (voice)
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Mushana (voice)
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Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community. Written by Triggerfish Animation Studios

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3 July 2012 (South Africa)  »

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Zambezija  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Kai is a Peregrine falcon. See more »

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Cecil: Not very in my book. Which is precisely, why we should accept Budzo's proposal.
Marabous: Since when a Marabou servants to a lizard?
Morton: He's got a point!
Cecil: We will be working with Budzo, thickhead, not FOR Budzo! We are partners in this great endeavour!
Morton: Teamwork!
Cecil: We help Budzo get on the island, we share all the goodies!
[Cecil Laughs, so does Morton]
Morton: I am getting hungry just thinking about it.
[Gets slapped by Cecil]
Marabous: Ummm, question! Could those hurricanes be a problem?
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Mushana's and Spring Celebration Music
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A good first outing
4 April 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is Triggerfish Animation's first feature film. It's a pretty good first effort, but the inexperience shows. A particular problem was the shoestring budget which meant some shots had to go through to the finished film with known flaws, and the story was patchy in places. This film could have done with some pick-ups to fill in those holes. The story is pretty generic, but for the most part well told. The animation is bright and sparkly - the shot of the Falls and into the tree is brilliant. Voice acting is generally good. A shout-out goes to the score: this is in a class of its own, and really lifts the movie. Well done to the first-time composer Bruce Retief.

The film could have done with a few more months in post-production: tightening up some of the gags, filling in a few story holes, polishing up the animation... then it would have warranted an 8/10. As it stands it's a solid 6, particularly due to the score.

Zambezia is not a movie which will be frequently watched again. What it does signal is intent from the new kid on the block from Africa. There's real potential from this little studio in Cape Town,and their next films look like they are hitting their stride (Khumba, plus the next in development: "Sea Monster" with an almost watercolour animation aesthetic. Looks amazing. Pixar 2?)


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