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Khumba (2013)

Country: South Africa

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family

Taglines: Half a zebra, a whole lot of adventure!

Director: Anthony Silverston

Writers: Raffaella Delle Donne, Anthony Silverston, Jonathan Roberts, Camilla Bubna-Kasteliz, ...

Stars: Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devine, Laurence Fishburne, ...

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...

80 | 2013-12-05 | Miriam Bale

A wondrous and slightly deranged story about oddballs embracing their differences.
Read More: The New York Times

60 | 2014-04-09 | Derek Adams

It’s formulaic, but also largely entertaining, quite touching, occasionally amusing and competently animated.
Read More: Time Out London

50 | 2013-12-06 | Guy Lodge

The voice ensemble is game, if not especially well matched.
Read More: Variety

40 | 2014-12-14 | Simon Kinnear

Even the film’s key source of charm, its heartfelt allegory about tolerance, becomes a flaw when rare flashes of anarchy (notably a tribe of crazed rodents) are eclipsed by over earnestness.
Read More: Total Film

38 | 2013-12-06 | Simon Abrams

Khumba is disastrously uninspired. Not even a galaxy of stars, united in their willingness to take a check, can save Khumba from being the boringest plucky outsider of all.
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0 | 2013-12-06 | Calum Marsh

Resoundingly terrible.
Read More: Village Voice