young zebra born into the African
wilderness with black stripes only to
the front of his body is blamed for the
sudden drought that affects his home-
land; leading him into a dangerous
adventure to discover the legendary
watering hole where the first zebras
were given their stripes in Khumba:
A Zebras Tale...
BORN WITH ONLY HALF HIS STRIPES, Khuma (voiced by Jake T Austin) has yet
to learn that it is okay to be different. His mother has told him about the
legend of the Zebras; how the first Zebras got their stripes at a magic waterhole.
During a terrible drought where there is not enough water to go round, Khumba
is prepared to share what little the herd has with other animals but as the
other Zebras believe this strange little guy with only half his stripes is to
blame for the lack of rain, they are angry with him.
A Zebras Tale
will charm and enthral
children and adults
alike with its thrilling
storyline and quirky
is determined to make good, deciding to leave behind the safety of the compound
and his close friend Tombi (voiced by Ann Sophia Robb) to try to find the magical
waterhole his mother told him about that he has seen in a map carved into the
As Khumba sets off on a quest across the Great Kagoo desert to find the mythical
waterhole and save the herd, he teams up with the beautiful sassy Wildebeest
Mama V (voiced by Loretta Devine) and flamboyant ostrich Bradley (voiced by
Richard E Grant), but it is an adventure fraught with danger for the little
Zebra and his friends.
Along the way he encounters hyena Skalk (voiced by Steve Buscemi) and a number
of quirky and colourful characters including a Buddhist Praying Mantis (voiced
by Adrian Rhodes) and a large Australian rabbit (voiced by Jeff Bennett). He
is granted an audience with the great Black Eagle (voiced by Roger Jackson),
crosses the paths of humans on Safari and faces the fight of his life with the
tyrannical Leopard Phango (voiced by Liam Neeson).
Losing touch with his friends, an exhausted, lonely and frightened Khuma
who has already experienced tragedy has to drag up all his courage
in order to hold fast to his beliefs and complete his quest to save the herd
and earn his stripes. But he is being followed and as he begins to recover his
strength, Phango is closing in on him and there is still no sign of the much-needed
A fantastic animated family adventure, Khumba: A Zebra's Tale will charm
and enthral children and adults alike with its thrilling storyline and quirky
humour. The 'Swan Lake' ballet sequence is superb.
The all-star voice cast also features: Laurence Fishburne as Seko; Anika Noni
rose as Lungisa; Catherine Tate as Nora The Sheep; Ben Vereen as Mkulu; Juanita
Jennings as Zuki; Sam Riegal as Jock; Alexander Polinsky as Nigel; Greg Ellis
as Theobo; Joey Richter as Themba; and Jennifer Cody as Fifi. In Memory of Reinhold
Rau, founder of The Quagga Breeding Project.
Music is by Bruce Retief; Written by Anthony Silverston and Raffaela Delle Donne;
Produced by Stuart Forrest, Mike Buckland, Anthony Silverston, James Middleton
and Jean-Michel Koenig; Animation Director is Quentin Vogel; and Directed by
A whole lot of adventure is in store in Khumba: A Zebra's Tale, released
in the UK by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, available digitally from 25 July
2014 and on DVD and 3D Blu-ray from 28 July 2014.
DVD Certificate: U | Running Time: 85 Minutes | Catalogue Number:
KAL8356 | RRP: £17.99.