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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sekhuru (voice)
Kai (voice)
Zoe (voice)
Ajax (voice)
Tendai (voice)
Gogo (voice)
Budzo / Marabous (voice)
Ezee (voice)
Cecil (voice)
David Shaughnessy ...
Morton (voice)
Pavi (voice)
Tini (voice)
Mushana (voice)
Announcer Bird (voice)
Gossip Bird 1 (voice)


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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They'll have to wing it... in this bird city! See more »


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Release Date:

28 December 2012 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Zambezija  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Tendai is a Barbary Falcon. See more »


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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Written by Zwai Bala
Performed by Zwai Bala
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A surprisingly great film.
24 May 2013 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

First I thought it's just an average animated film but in the end I realised it is probably the most underrated film I have watched yet.

The main story is actually predictable and also similar to Legend of the Guardians. (A huge tree as a sanctuary) A young falcon named Kai wants to change his life to become a Hurricane to protect Zambezia and discover his past. There are only a few memorable characters here but the voice acting is very good. The jokes in the story won't make you laugh hard, however there are no awkward moments like in many animated films. The graphics and animations are very good but we can see some animated movements that should be more detailed. But let's not forget this is a low-budget film and from such financial support it's a masterpiece.

And now the best parts.

First of all the musics are one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard! Most of them were composed by Bruce Retief, a composer who has just started his career in film based soundtracks.(He's definitely a future talent) Some of these musics fit perfectly into the sad parts of the film and they make us feel sorrow for the characters. Go and check out at least these musics on YT: The Gorge ; Flying to Zambezia

At last but not at least the story about Kai and his father's origin (Tendai voice acted by Samuel L. Jackson) is very sad and memorable and leaves us many philosophical questions. (e.g. should we sacrifice our family to protect the weak) And the slow discovery of this story in the main plot is very well done. Also there is a moment in the beginning where Tendai loses a very important thing that reminds him of his long lost wife. These kinds of sorrowful parts are unforgettable.

In the end there is a surprising plot twist which would make the best animated film ending ever! But of course it doesn't end like that later and so we have an average ending. The end is happy of course but still we will feel a bit of sorrow because not everybody is there from Kai's family...

The sorrowful moments, the sad background story and the epic musics are so great that we forgive the negative and the average parts of the film too. A must see in it's category and I hope Triggerfish Animation Studios will make a sequel (or a prequel?) for this way-way underrated movie. The journey of Kai is more than great.


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