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Just enough to keep restless kiddies from wandering off into the wilds.
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.
Character movement occasionally has a stiff, disconnected quality, but the animators distinguish themselves with the weathered richness of their geographically unmistakable setting.
"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.
Real-life nature is presented as more exotic, detailed and deeply felt than any fantasy world.
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.
When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun.
The kids' movie market is crowded with superior specimens; they'll eat Khumba alive.
A dearth of new and interesting ideas characterises this stock animated caper with furry critters a-plenty.
Khumba isn't original - it's indebted in particular to The Lion King and Madagascar - but younger kids should enjoy the colourful safari.
If it were a little worse then it might offer some mindless good fun.
Lovely animation and an abundance of comic relief should keep the tots engaged but this is not exactly The Lion King.
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