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Khumba (2013)

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Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.

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Anthony Silverston
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake T. Austin ... Khumba (voice)
Adrian Rhodes Adrian Rhodes ... Mantis (voice)
Sam Riegel ... Jock (voice)
Bryce Papenbrook ... Zebra #1 (voice)
Devon Graye ... Zebra #2 (voice)
Catherine Tate ... Nora
Alexander Polinsky ... Nigel (voice)
Greg Ellis ... Thabo / Elder 1 (voice)
Laurence Fishburne ... Seko (voice)
Joey Richter ... Themba (voice)
Anika Noni Rose ... Lungisa (voice)
Hope Levy ... Cheerleader Zebra #2 (voice)
Kat Cressida ... Cheerleader Zebra #1 (voice)
Stephanie Sheh Stephanie Sheh ... Cheerleader Zebra #3 (voice)
Ben Vereen ... Mkhulu (voice)
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Storyline

A half-striped zebra is born into an insular, isolated herd obsessed with stripes. Rumors that the strange foal is cursed spread and, before long, he is blamed for the drought that sets into the Great Karoo. When even his father, the leader of the herd, blames him for the lack of rain and the subsequent death of his mother, the outcast zebra leaves the confines of his home knowing that he cannot survive in the herd without all his stripes. Khumba ventures beyond the fence - vulnerable to the ferocious Leopard, Phango, who controls the waterholes and terrorizes the animals in the Great Karoo. Khumba is rescued from an opportunistic wild dog by a quirky duo: a wildebeest and an ostrich. Mama V is a self-confessed free spirit who does not want to be the average stay-at-home mom, like other wildebeest. Ironically, she mothers Bradley, a flamboyant but insecure ostrich who overcompensates for his scraggily feathers. When a mystical mantis appears to the foal, drawing a map to what could be... Written by Anonymous

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Half a zebra, a whole lot of adventure!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite being rated G by the MPAA the film uses the word "ass" once although the MPAA had gotten strict as of 2010. See more »

Crazy Credits

The initial credits appear over paintings of scenes from the film. Once the cast list appears, the paintings disappear and line drawings of characters appear beside the credits. See more »

Connections

References Holes (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Karoo Montage
Written by Bruce Retief, with additional lyrics by Lillibet-Vera Retief
Performed by Karoo Children's Choir
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Stereotypical but surprisingly fresh.
17 November 2013 | by smalpieterSee all my reviews

I hate animations more than most people. Here is why:

  • Stereotypical characters: Handsome hunk, extroverted (and slightly crazy) sidekicks, damsels in distress, evil villains wanting world domination. - Predictable plot lines: Become king/queen, find true love.


Of all these (seemingly inescapable) plot lines, Khumba dwindled on the stereotypical. Yet, it IS different. Despite racial stereotyping (wise African woman, rugby-playing Afrikaners *snicker*, courageous Irish/Scots) the characters are strangely bland at times. Despite the fair voice-acting, Kumba will not be remembered for its characters. Many inside jokes will only be understand by South Africans. Even though the sound effects are fair, the soundtrack is not strong enough to stand on it's own.

Khumba is aimed at a mature audience. Jokes are seasoned sparingly maintaining a good balance. An original plot line combined with toned- down stock characters maintain interest in the movie throughout. Gorgeous animation and attention to detail is nothing short of breathtaking at times.

I have to admit: the SA film-industry cannot compete against Hollywood and the rest of the world. Popular SA films are often tasteless with a low-budget. Khumba had financial support from the government raising the budget (and thankfully the standard as well). Judging from the trailer I expected good graphics, but I did not expect a great movie. Khumba is a worthy watch on par with international competition. It fully deserved a good rating: 8/10.


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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,029, 8 December 2013

Gross USA:

$1,029

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,187,375
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Triggerfish Animation See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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