Rent Khumba: A Zebra's Tale (2013)

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Synopsis:
Life is not all black and white for Khumba, a young zebra born with only half his stripes. When his superstitious herd blame him for the sudden drought affecting the land, Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. On his daring quest across the Great Karoo desert, Khumba meets a host of quirky characters and comes face to face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.
Directors:
Producers:
Mike Buckland, Stuart Forrest, Jean-Michel Koenig, James Middleton, Anthony Silverston
Voiced By:
Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devine, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E. Grant, Anika Noni Rose, Annasophia Robb, Catherine Tate, Liam Neeson, Charlie Adler, Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bennett, Rouel Beukes, Hannes Brummer, Mason Charles, Jennifer Cody, Marina Coetzee, Kathryn Cressida, Lochner De Kock, Anton Dekker
Writers:
Raffaella Delle Donne, Anthony Silverston
Aka:
Khumba
Studio:
Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Genres:
Children & Family
Countries:
South Africa, Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/07/2014
Run Time:
82 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making Of Feature
  • Behind The Scenes Features
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/07/2014
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Making Of Feature
  • Behind The Scenes Features (Acting Out, Nora the Sheep, Great Karoo)
  • Deleted Scenes (Ostracized, Stripes and Boys)

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fantastic - Khumba: A Zebra's Tale review by ma

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04/09/2014

first time ive seen this film and have to say its defently a must see has a nice story to it and some upsetting scenes at end love the southafrican music :)

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Critic review

Khumba: A Zebra's Tale (aka Khumba) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

A fish (although in this case it’s a zebra) out of water story Khumba: a Zebra’s Tale is the story of half striped Khumba a zebra living in the Karoo region of South Africa whose herd suffers during a drought and blames their misfortune on the unusual physical appearance of the young zebra. Told of a mystical watering hole by a mute grasshopper Khumba embarks on a journey across the desert in search of the magical water that will complete his stripy complexion and normalize him to the rest of the herd, but like most children’s journey stories, Khumba learns more than he set out to.

A rather unusual production Khumba has all the star quality of a big Dreamworks production, thanks largely to the voice talents of Hollywood stars such as Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place Jake T. Austin, but without the fanfare and huge cinematic release. In fact, as an adult who still loves kids’ films, I hadn’t even heard of Khumba until the DVD turned up on my doorstep. Despite this the film has the same appeal and quality of some of this years’ more high profile features, an entertaining script and wonderful visuals, it just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a Disney film to be good family fun.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some small fry indie feature, as the casting will tell you Khumba still boasts a pretty big budget, it’s just nice to have something that’s a little different from the usual things offered by the big American studios. Presenting this part of the African desert on animated film for the first time Khumba comes from the same people that brought us Zambezia (2012) and has the same charm and entertainment as well as again offering a slightly less Americanized children’s narrative.

With a story that will entertain kids and characters that will charm adults, as well as adorable visuals and expert animation Khumba: a Zebra’s Tale deserves more notice than it has received thus far and I highly recommend both it and its sister film to anyone looking to show something different to their kids this autumn.