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Zambezia (2012)

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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Morton (voice)
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Pavi (voice)
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Tini (voice)
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Mushana (voice)
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Announcer Bird (voice)
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Gossip Bird #1 (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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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Morton: Gathering, gathering! Nigel, that includes you.
[Nigel looks up, disturbed]
Morton: Beaks closed, ears open!
Cecil: Friends, wanderers, marabous! When those Zambezians flocked together, they created an inside!
Morton: [Supporting every word] Inside!
Cecil: And an outside!
Morton: Outside!
Cecil: And if you hadn't noticed, we are on the outside.
Morton: Here we are!
Cecil: The Cold, lonely, Desolate, outside.
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Mushana's and Spring Celebration Music
Written by Didas Bonazebi and Ludovic Mampuya
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Really not as bad as you may think

'Zambezia', the new south African animated film is an obvious low budget animated feature, you wont see any ads on TV, and the animation looks 10 years old, but that's no reason to straight away hate on Zambezia, it's not one of those dubbed foreign trashy animated movies which have no single thing put into them apart from making money. Zambezia has a story, a plot, good characters. When it wants you to take it seriously you will take it seriously. When it wants you to laugh you will not be sitting there rolling your eyes.

The movie is another one of those typical 'parent letting go of child' kind of animated movies, which is possibly the most cliché type of character development seen in any kids movie. But I guess there's good reason for the situation, it just doesn't have it thrown in to make a plot (hint hint Ice Age 4). But I thought the characters were good, not really that deep, but good, nothing to really complain about.

The movie has a nice soundtrack, and I thought the visuals of the landscape were absolutely brilliant. The humour isn't bad, with a lot of jokes that hit. Nothing laugh out loud funny of course, but still much better than the humour in 'Ice Age 4'.

There are some obvious similaries to 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' and possibly the movie was made with the intention to 'duel' Rio, but it still has originality, the bad guy for one, is new, and intimidating enough to be a good villain.

Zambezia is a perfectly good movie for kids and adults, there's nothing wrong with it at all really, and it actually kind of surprised me. I think this movie takes much more risks than 'Ice Age 4', 'Rio', and many other current animated films.

Go and see it, have a good time.


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