Anthony Silverston (2013)

U Certificate


Our Score
This animated family film about a zebra just about earns its stripes. It doesn't have the blockbusting production values that have made Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks leaders in the field, but its tale of being born different is decently told and well voiced by a cast that includes Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi and Catherine Tate. Khumba was born with only half his stripes and on that basis, is blamed by his superstitious herd for the sudden drought that hits their homeland. He promptly goes into exile, searching for a mystical water hole where, legend has it, the first zebras were granted their stripes. Along the way he's helped by a sassy wildebeest (Loretta Devine) and a camp cockney ostrich (Richard E Grant), and hunted by the film's hiss-boo baddie, a one-eyed leopard (Neeson). Khumba isn't original - it's indebted in particular to The Lion King and Madagascar - but younger kids should enjoy the colourful safari.


A zebra is born with only half of his body striped, which the members of his herd believe is bad luck. He is blamed for causing a drought and banished, so goes on a journey across the wilderness in the hope of finding a legendary source of water. Animated adventure, with the voices of Jake T Austin and Liam Neeson.

Cast & Crew

Khumba Jake T Austin
Phango Liam Neeson
Skalk Steve Buscemi
Tombi AnnaSophia Robb
Seko Laurence Fishburne
Bradley Richard E Grant
Nora Catherine Tate
Lungisa Anika Noni Rose
Mkhulu Ben Vereen
Mama V Loretta Devine
Director Anthony Silverston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: KaleidoscopeAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Apr 2014
Drama Children's