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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

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Cast

Rob van Vuuren
as Bokkie/Captain/Koos
Nik Rabinowitz
as Frikkie/Percy
Matthew Dylan Roberts
as Jannie/Sakkie
Julianna Rose
as Meerkat Girl
Mason P. Charles
as Meerkat Boy
Andre Robinson
as Meerkat Baby
Dee Bradley Baker
as Meerkat Father/Dassie Chorus
Ben Vereen
as Mkhulu
Charlie Adler
as Dassie Leader/Wild Dog 1
Khary Payton
as Dassie Chorus/Wild Dog 2
Devon Graye
as Zebra 2
Roger Jackson
as Walkie Talkie/Black Eagle
Phil LaMarr
as Elder 2
Jeff Bennett
as Elder 3
Anele Matoti
as Gemsbok 2
Sindiwe Magona
as Gemsbok Healer
Jon Olson
as Additional Critters
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Critic Reviews for Khumba

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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Real-life nature is presented as more exotic, detailed and deeply felt than any fantasy world.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The animation is vibrant and the voice cast impressive... So it's a great shame that the animators and actors are let down by the meandering plot and trite dialogue.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Khumba

An overall average movie. It makes sense for the most part, but if feels like I've seen this movie before in a variety of different movies before

Jacob Gossett
Jacob Gossett

Don't ask me to make it rain. The Great Karoo is an area in Africa where many animals reside but the zebras have a secret watering hole there that they keep to themselves. One day a young zebra named Zhumba accidentally spills the beans on the water hole which leads to his exile. He is determined to find a new waterhole that will save his people and clear his name. "You were faster than all the boys." "No. Just smarter." Anthony Silverston delivers Khumba in his major motion picture debut. The storyline for this picture is above average and fun to watch unfold (it did remind me a little of Open Season). The animation was excellent and way better than I anticipated. The voices were also better than I anticipated and include Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson, Charles Adler, Jake Austin, Loretta Devine, Catherine Tate. "No creature gazes upon the wings of doom!" I watched this with my daughter and I will admit we both enjoyed the animation style but found the story a bit boring (she was on and off interested). I do feel this is an above average cartoon with a solid animation style but the characters and plot are fairly mediocre (I did enjoy the conclusion). Overall, this is worth a viewing but I wouldn't add it to my DVD collection. "I'm grooming for stardom here." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Beautiful animation and fun characters throughout tue movie. Fun film for children and family to enjoy. The voice actors were despite the fact that they do not have much experience being voice actors since theu do more live action.

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