Khumba

  • Film
  • Action and adventure

This South African family animation tells of a little zebra who, born with few stripes, is ostracised by the herd, accused of being a bad omen. ‘No stripes, no rain’, bellows an elder as the last drops evaporate from their trusty watering hole. When Khumba (voiced by Jake T Austin) chances on a map locating a utopian lake, he grabs the chance to prove his worth and heads out into the wild blue yonder – and a date with one-eyed killer leopard Phango (Liam Neeson).

‘Khumba’ nods to South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’ with its range of characters of differing backgrounds (the dim Afrikaaner springboks are a highlight). It’s formulaic, but also largely entertaining, quite touching, occasionally amusing and competently animated. Just enough, in other words, to keep restless kiddies from wandering off into the veld. Derek Adams

Release details

Release date: Friday April 11 2014
Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Silverston
Screenwriter: Anthony Silverston, Raffaella Delle Donne
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