Little Khumba the zebra was born with only half his stripes, so he is rejected by his superstitious herd in this animated adventure from South Africa. Blamed for the drought that is threatening his family’s survival, poor Khumba heads off into the wild, home of mean leopard Phango (Neeson), and is befriended along the way by wildebeest Mama V (Loretta Devine) and ostrich Bradley (Richard E Grant).
It’s a sweet but not exactly ground-breaking movie for young kids that passes the time nicely enough thanks to some slick vocal performance from a cast that also includes Laurence Fishburne (as Khumba’s dad), Catherine Tate and AnnaSophia Robb as Khumba’s only friend in the zebra herd. Parents (and any child who’s watched more than a handful of Disney movies) will recognise lots of moments and themes (being different is ok, etc etc) from other, funnier, more action-packed movies such as Madagascar, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Ice Age but, derivative though it may be, Khumba’s story is cute nonetheless.
Is Khumba: A Zebra’s Tale suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young viewers may find Phango scary.