Theatrical Release: December 6, 2013
DVD Release: January 14, 2014


Limited Theatrical Release – Life is not all black and white for Khumba. A young zebra, born with only half of his stripes, is rejected by his superstitious heard and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land. Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the Karoo desert to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. Along the way he meets a host of colorful characters, but before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to come face to face with a menacing leopard to take part in an epic battle…Khumba’s got to earn his stripes!

Dove Review

When you are a zebra but you only have half of your stripes, life is difficult and so is fitting in. Khumba does not understand why he was born different and just wants to be like all the others in his herd. But when he learns of the magic watering hole that gave all the zebras their stripes, he sets out on his own to find it. There are many other animals in the Karoo desert that are in search of water and there are dangers along the way.

Being different is not a bad thing and that’s one of the themes of the movie. You sometimes have to show that although you might not have your “stripes”, you have the will to earn them. So in Khumba’s case this is the effect of his actions that save the herd and many other animals from the drought.

“Khumba” is an entertaining movie and we award it the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Mom dies; animals are chased by other animals and also chased by vehicles.
Sex: None
Language: The word "ass" is used in reference to an animal.
Violence: Mom dies; animals are chased by other animals and also chased by vehicles.
Drugs: Ostrich shot with tranquilizer dart.
Nudity: None
Other: A belief in magical water.


Company: Alchemy
Producer: Tiggerfish
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 85 min.
Starring: Voices of: Jake T. Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Loretta Devine, Richard E. Grant, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe