Khumba Reviews

August 25, 2014
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.
April 14, 2014
When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun.
April 11, 2014
The kids' movie market is crowded with superior specimens; they'll eat Khumba alive.
April 11, 2014
A dearth of new and interesting ideas characterises this stock animated caper with furry critters a-plenty.
April 11, 2014
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
If it were a little worse then it might offer some mindless good fun.
April 10, 2014
Lovely animation and an abundance of comic relief should keep the tots engaged but this is not exactly The Lion King.
April 10, 2014
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
A sweet and engaging story about bravery with a wise 'mother knows best' caveat.
April 9, 2014
Just enough to keep restless kiddies from wandering off into the wilds.
April 7, 2014
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
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
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.
March 13, 2014
Fun Lion King-like zebra adventure with some name-calling.
December 13, 2013
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.
Top Critic
December 6, 2013
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
"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 5, 2013
Real-life nature is presented as more exotic, detailed and deeply felt than any fantasy world.