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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. (c) Millenium

Mar 10, 2014

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Just enough to keep restless kiddies from wandering off into the wilds.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Khumba, despite being resoundingly terrible, will probably appeal to children in the same way that a Lucky Charms commercial or an inflatable bouncy castle would.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Character movement occasionally has a stiff, disconnected quality, but the animators distinguish themselves with the weathered richness of their geographically unmistakable setting.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Real-life nature is presented as more exotic, detailed and deeply felt than any fantasy world.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
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The kids' movie market is crowded with superior specimens; they'll eat Khumba alive.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A dearth of new and interesting ideas characterises this stock animated caper with furry critters a-plenty.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Khumba isn't original - it's indebted in particular to The Lion King and Madagascar - but younger kids should enjoy the colourful safari.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

If it were a little worse then it might offer some mindless good fun.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Lovely animation and an abundance of comic relief should keep the tots engaged but this is not exactly The Lion King.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

There's a pretty score of harmonic, Isicathamiya-influenced music, but this is a tedious time-killer for those desperate to keep kids occupied.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A sweet and engaging story about bravery with a wise 'mother knows best' caveat.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

This bright and frothy animated animal romp may well be rather familiar, but it still offers plenty of fun and enjoyment for the young ones.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Everything is leftovers, from the lazy casting of dependable but typecast stars (Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi), to a quest structure Robert McKee would dismiss as formulaic.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A flavourless concoction that tries to tap into the storytelling of a Madagascar or Lion King but falls well short of the humour and pathos of either.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Fun Lion King-like zebra adventure with some name-calling.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Khumba" is essentially cut-and-paste cinema. The film's creators borrow a lot from the "Madagascar" and "Ice Age" films, and while that doesn't sound that bad, "Khumba" is disastrously uninspired.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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