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Published August 4th 2015
This film does for zebras, what The Lion King does for lions
Brilliantly directed by Anthony Silverston and featuring the talented voices of Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson, Richard E. Grant, Loretta Devine, Annasophia Robb, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Buscemi and Catherine Tate, among many, many more, Khumba showcases a fantastic soundtrack and some of the best 3-D animation to be seen in a children's feature film to come out of 2013.
Made and entirely based in South Africa, this film gives its audience the positive message that no matter how different you may feel, you are uniquely special and should never be ashamed to show the world who you really are!
Deep in the heart of the African Karoo desert, which is more than 400000 square kilometres and stretches over the provinces of the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape of South Africa, a herd of zebras have built a wall around their own private watering hole, where they do not allow any of the other animals to drink. After many generations, a foal, by the name of khumba, is born, who only has stripes on the front half of his body.
All the zebras, except for his parents and his best friend; Tombi, believe Khumba to be a bad omen and that he is the cause of the recent drought, which may eventually force them to leave their zebra-made sanctuary and straight into the jaws of the wild dogs and Phango, a terrifying leopard, with a sad past, which has formed him into the most viscous creature in the Karoo.
After a series of tragic events within his herd, Khumba meets a wise pray-mantis, who draws out an ancient map, which prompts Khumba to take it upon himself to leave his herd and embark upon a dangerous quest to find a magical watering hole, which he believes will give him more stripes and allow him to look like everyone else.
Along the way, he meets a series of outcasts and misfits, most of whom turn out to become good friends, including Bradley, the outrageously flamboyant ostrich, Mama V, the warm-hearted wildebeest, a herd of hilarious rugby playing springboks, who look so alike, they don't even know who's who, a band of little creatures who live on a game reserve, including an extremely rare rabbit, who confusingly enough, has an Australian accent and , Nora, the insane and extremely lonely sheep, who lives on an abandoned farm which features one of the Karoo's iconic multi-bladed windpumps.
As all the animals band together, in their mutual quest for water and survival against the harsh elements and many predators of the desert, will or hero Khumba ever be able to find the magic watering hole to gain more stripes?
You will just have to watch to find out!
Khumba is classified PG, as it contains some scary scenes and mild coarse language