Cartoon Zebras From South Africa Get Distributor

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South Africa’s Trig­ger­fish Stu­dios’ 3D ani­mated fea­ture Khumba has been picked up for North Amer­i­can dis­tri­b­u­tion by Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment. The film has just com­pleted pro­duc­tion. Khumba is a half-stripped zebra who sets out on a dar­ing quest to earn his stripes.

Khumba was co-written by Anthony Sil­ver­ston (Zam­bezia) and Raf­faella Delle Donne (Zam­bezia), with Lion King writer Jonathan Roberts. Anthony Sil­ver­ston also directed the fea­ture, and Stu­art For­rest of Trig­ger­fish Ani­ma­tion (Zam­bezia) pro­duced it. The film stars Jake T. Austin (Wiz­ards of Waverly Place, Rio, The Per­fect Game), Anna­Sophia Robb (Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory, Bridge to Terebithia, Soul Surfer) and Loretta Devine (Crash, I am Sam, Grey’s Anatomy).

When Khumba, a half stripped zebra is blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insu­lar, super­sti­tious herd, he embarks on a dar­ing quest to earn his stripes. In his search for the leg­endary water­hole in which the first zebras got their stripes, Khumba meets a quirky range of char­ac­ters and teams up with an unlikely duo: an over­pro­tec­tive wilde­beest, MamaV and Bradley, a self-obsessed ostrich. But before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to come face to face with Phango, a scary leop­ard who con­trols the water­holes and ter­ror­izes all the ani­mals in the Great Karoo.

Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment is eager to earn its stripes with the lov­able ‘Khumba’, which marks the company’s first ven­ture in the world of ani­ma­tion,” said Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment CEO Bill Lee. “We look for­ward to con­nect­ing the film and its endear­ing cast of ani­mals with the whole family.”

Stu­art For­rest, Trig­ger­fish Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios’ CEO stated, “This is another excit­ing step-up for Trig­ger­fish Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios as we con­tinue to break new ground in estab­lish­ing our com­pany as Africa’s lead­ing enter­tain­ment fran­chise. We are thrilled to be work­ing with Mil­len­nium and feel our film is in good hands with a tal­ented group behind the the­atri­cal release.”

Deal was nego­ti­ated dur­ing the AFM between Mil­len­nium Entertainment’s VP of Acqui­si­tions, Tris­ten Tuck­field and inter­na­tional sales agent Cin­ema Man­age­ment Group’s Pres­i­dent, Edward Noelt­ner whose com­pany also han­dled all inter­na­tional sales on Triggerfish’s first 3D ani­mated fea­ture Zam­bezia.

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