Khumba is a South African animated children’s film with some strong themes. It follows the story of the endearing zebra calf Khumba as he finds his feet in a segregated community and deals with his physical differences.
Khumba was born with only half his stripes, and is believed by many of his herd to be the cause of a drought that is plaguing the desert in which they live, including their fenced-in watering hole that separates them from the rest of the plains. Bullied and ridiculed, he sets out in search of a magic watering hole, which supposedly holds the power to endow him with the stripes he so desperately desires.
Considering the intended demographic of this film, it doesn’t disappoint. With a pretty strong plotline, a good mix of relatable characters voiced by an all-star cast, and even some humour that might be appreciated by an older audience, Khumba is definitely a good watch for the family.
An underdog story through and through with a happy ending, Khumba has a lot going for it. Many films aimed at children have dealt with some heavier issues in a relatable and child-friendly way, while managing to maintain entertainment value, and this is no exception. Perfect for a day out with the kids, and won’t leave the adults rolling their eyes (although maybe after it has been quoted 50 times a day for two weeks it could lose its allure), Khumba is a crowd pleaser with a message.
Khumba is released nationwide on 11th April 2014.
Watch the trailer for Khumba here: