Khumba heads to Toronto film fest

romaana-thumbBy Romaana Naidoo
26 August 2013

If you love animated movies as much as I do, you’re probably waiting with bated breath for Khumba to hit the big screen. But before that happens, we can prepare ourselves for its debut by cheering on its global achievements.

Hot on the heels of their hit Adventures in Zambezia, Cape Town-based Trigger Fish Animation Studio partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest will soon jet off to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival where Khumba ­will be competing against four other international children’s films.

Representing South Africa at the festival, which runs from 5 to 15 September, Khumba will join the TIFF Kids line-up of family-friendly titles from around the world. Showcasing a range of cultural perspectives, the films explore themes including courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance.

The other films selected for TIFF Kids are: Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil), Antboy (Ask Hasselbalch, Denmark), The World of Goopi and Bagha (Shilpa Ranade, India), Zip and Zap and The Marble GangI (Oskar Santos, Spain).

Khumba, which will enjoy its North American premiere in Toronto, tells the tale of a half-striped zebra. His superstitious herd blames him for the sudden drought affecting the land and Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the magic waterhole where, legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes.

On his daring quest across the Great Karoo desert, Khumba meets a host of other quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.

In an exciting first for South Africa, Khumba will be also be released in both English and Afrikaans when it opens here on 25 October.