Can 'Khumba' Earn Those Stripes? Let The Sub-Saharan Adventure Begin! [Trailer + Pictures]

Subscribe to Steve Buscemi alerts

When Khumba – a zebra with a lack of markings – is born into a superstitious herd, his fellow species think it’s a bad sign. And, much to young Khumba’s detriment, a potentially deadly drought soon follows his birth. But instead of letting his fellow zebras vilify him, he attempts to find a watering hole.

KhumbaHey, it's Khumba

In doing so, he meets a wide range of brilliantly funny, scary and loyal characters along way. There’s Phango, the dangerous leopard who controls the waterholes and terrorizes the animals in the Great Karoo, played by Liam Neeson.

And then there’s Skalk, played by Steve Buscemi, the hilarious wild dog that the quirky paring of a wildebeest and an ostrich save Khumba from.

In addition to Buscemi and Neeson, Khumba has a brilliant voice acting cast, including Jake T\. Austin, Anna Sophia Robb, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E\. Grant, Catherine Tate, Charles Adler and Dee Bradley Baker.

Liam NeesonLiam Neeson is the 'bad guy'

"It's a stronger story than Zambezia, which was not accepted into the Toronto festival, while Khumba was,” partner at Triggerfish Jean-Michel Koenig – the Capetown animation studio responsible for the film, said. Zambezia was their previous effort.

"People don't even realise there is a fully functioning animation studio in Bergvliet, Cape Town. We aim to be the best independent studio in the world." (Times Live)

Check out the trailer for Khumba

The film is directed by first-timer Anthony Silverston "The film is about accepting one's individuality,” said the rookie. "We want kids to walk away with a message about feeling comfortable in their own skin."

Both Silverston and Triggerfish have reason to be confident in Khumba’s potential in both its native Africa and the western world.

Steve BuscemiSteve Buscemi plays this goofy dude

It was the highest grossing South African film in 30 years, grossing over $28m at the box office worldwide. Khumba will have its first theatrical release on 25 October in South Africa before being rolled out to more than 40 territories thereafter.

Khumba and Buffalo
Khumba has to make new friends on his journey

Khuma baby
Rejected by his own herd...

Khumba poster
The official poster for Khumba


Tags: Steve Buscemi - Liam Neeson - Laurence Fishburne - Richard E. Grant - Jake T. Austin - Catherine Tate

Subscribe to Steve Buscemi alerts

More Steve Buscemi

Boardwalk Empire Season 5: A Peek at The Depression Era As "All Empires Fall"

HBO have given us a first peek at Boardwalk Empire’s fifth and final season, which is set to air this September. A menacing sense of...

Sarah Jessica Parker And AOL CEO Pose Together At The 2014 AOL NewFront - Part 1

'Sex And The City' star Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted posing alongside AOL CEO Tim Armstrong on the red carpet at the 2014 AOL NewFront...

Khumba Movie Review

When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun. But it also tries to...

Bryan Cranston Owns SAG Awards With Singing Acceptance Speech [Video]

If there was ever any doubt over whether Bryan Cranston was rightfully awarded the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama award at the...


Meryl Streep And Leonardo DiCaprio Among 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala Arrivals - Part 2

The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York was chock-full of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment including 'The Wolf Of Wall...

Boardwalk Empire Calling it Quits After Five Seasons - Is That Enough?

While Boardwalk Empire has never hit the narrative heights of shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and most recently, Breaking Bad, it has always proved...

HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' To Finish After Season 5

Boardwalk Empire will conclude with its fifth and final season, due to air on premium cable network HBO this fall. The move to bring the...

Can 'Khumba' Earn Those Stripes? Let The Sub-Saharan Adventure Begin! [Trailer + Pictures]

When Khumba – a zebra with a lack of markings – is born into a superstitious herd, his fellow species think it’s a bad sign....



Steve Buscemi Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Steve Buscemi

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All