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Khumba Review

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    Village Voice Calum Marsh

    Resoundingly terrible.

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    Variety Guy Lodge

    The voice ensemble is game, if not especially well matched.

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    The New York Times Miriam Bale

    A wondrous and slightly deranged story about oddballs embracing their differences.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Khumba is a South African animation feature about a zebra born without all his stripes. The movie has a positive message about finding your place even when you feel like an outsider. There's some violence (a character is crushed by rocks, a mother dies of sickness) and language ("ass," "dumb," "lame brains"), but ultimately there's a feel-good ending.

  • Families can talk about animal movies. Why are they so popular? What are your favorite animal movies?
  • Why does Khumba feel like an outsider in his own community? How could the other zebras have helped him feel better about himself?
  • What do you think the movie is saying about judging others because of their differences?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids might learn facts about various wild animals, particularly zebras.

  • message true1

    Messages: The positive messages include not judging others by superficialities, working together for the common good, and knowing that friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Khumba's mother never lets him think of himself as a misfit. She loves him as much as her other children. Khumba's sister also is supportive and doesn't treat him like an outsider. Khumba learns to believe in himself and to trust his new friends Mama V and Bradley.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Phango the leopard can be cruel and seems to be waiting for an opportunity to kill and eat the zebras. A character dies after rocks crush him. A mother dies of sickness.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Some of the female zebras talk about a male zebra who is "hot."

  • language false2

    Language: Insults include "dumb jock," "sore loser," "funny looking," "hot shot," "an ass," "muscle-headed lame brains," and "skanky."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable