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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun Lion King-like zebra adventure with some name-calling.

Movie NR 2013 85 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+


The Leopard scenes are really scary! The message is good but storyline is not enjoyable...
age 4+

One of the few Netflix options

My kids enjoyed it, it’s kind of long for a three year old at just under 1.5 hours but they stayed engaged the whole time

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Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Kids who like animal films should enjoy this straight-to-DVD release. With the exception of the masterful Studio Ghibli productions, it's always difficult to judge foreign animated films on the same level as American-produced ones, because our animation studios tend to have higher budgets and greater resources. But this sophomore feature from South Africa's Triggerfish Animation is enjoyable and sweet, although some of the language is surprisingly strong for a kiddie flick. Khumba's story will resonate with any kid who has ever felt different, and even very young viewers will understand why he feels like an outsider in his own home.

Although the movie's not exactly The Lion King, there are some similarities in Khumba's themes and motifs. Both films follow an heir who feels guilty about something bad happening, a dead parent, and a period of escape when the main character comes into his own with the help of two unlikely friends. Devine and Grant are amusing as the wildebeest and ostrich that team up with Khumba once he's outside the zebra commune in search of water. Liam Neeson is naturally formidable-sounding as Phango, the zebra-hungry leopard.

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