Cape Town-based animation partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest of Triggerfish Animation Studios will be visiting to Toronto, Ontario to showcase their animated feature film Khumba at the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Khumba will compete with some of the best international children’s films in the TIFF Kids line-up which will introduce 5 family-friendly films from around the world that explore a diverse range of cultural perspectives involving courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance.
The film centres on Khumba, a half-striped zebra, who is ostracised for his lack of stripes and blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insular, superstitious herd. Khumba leaves the only home he has ever known in search of the magic waterhole where, as legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes. Along the way he meets a host of quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.
Khumba features an international voice-over cast including, Jake T. Austin as Khumba, Steve Buscemi as Skalk the Wild Dog, Laurence Fishburne as Seko the Zebra, Richard E. Grant as Bradley the Ostrich, and Liam Neeson as Phango the Leopard, as well as popular South African comedians Nik Rabinowitz who plays Percy and Frikkie Springbok and Rob van Vuuren who plays Bokkie, Captain, and Koos Springbok.
The film also stars:
- AnnaSophia Robb
- Ben Vereen
- Anika Noni Rose
- Joey Richter
- Catherine Tate
- Dee Bradley Baker
- Greg Ellis
- Loretta Devine
- Jennifer Cody
- Alexander Polinsky
Khumba will be released in 3D in both English and Afrikaans in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution on 25 October 2013. A sneak peek of Kumba is available on YouTube. This is Triggerfish’s second feature length animated film, following the 2012 critically acclaimed, multi-award winning computer animated film Adventures in Zambezia.
The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5th – 15th.