Zambezia (film)

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Zambezia
Zambezia Movie Poster 2012.jpg
Poster
Directed byWayne Thornley
Produced byMike Buckland
Stuart Forrest
James Middletown
Anthony Silverston
Screenplay byAndrew Cook
Raffaella Delle Donne
Anthony Silverston
Wayne Thornley
Starring
Music byBruce Retief
StudioTriggerfish Animation Studios
Distributed byCMG (international)
Sony Pictures (English territories)
Release datesJuly 3, 2012
Running time83 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
LanguageEnglish
BudgetR173 million ($20 million)[1]
Box office$29,694,525[2]
 
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Zambezia
Zambezia Movie Poster 2012.jpg
Poster
Directed byWayne Thornley
Produced byMike Buckland
Stuart Forrest
James Middletown
Anthony Silverston
Screenplay byAndrew Cook
Raffaella Delle Donne
Anthony Silverston
Wayne Thornley
Starring
Music byBruce Retief
StudioTriggerfish Animation Studios
Distributed byCMG (international)
Sony Pictures (English territories)
Release datesJuly 3, 2012
Running time83 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
LanguageEnglish
BudgetR173 million ($20 million)[1]
Box office$29,694,525[2]

Zambezia (also known as Adventures in Zambezia) is a South African 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film. Directed by Wayne Thornley, written by Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, and Anthony Silverston, it is the first film produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios and distributed by CMG and Sony Pictures in English territories. This film stars the voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson. It tells the story of a young falcon bird who leaves the desolate desert where he lives with his father to discover action and adventure in the big city of Zambezia.

Plot[edit]

Kai is a naive, but high-spirited young Peregrine falcon who lives with his father Tendai. After a visit from Gogo and Tini, Kai travels to "Zambezia," a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls where he discovers the truth about his origins and learns how to be part of the community. While learning of his father's past, Kai ends up having to work with the Hurricanes to protect Zambezia from the evil Budzo who has persuaded the Marabous (who have been left out of the development of Zambezia) to help him with his invasion.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

The music for the film is composed by Bruce Retief in its original motion picture soundtrack, which was released on September 20, 2013 in digital download. The soundtrack includes 14 tracks, with music from Retief as the film's score composer, and studio performances from various artists, including Gang of Instrumentals, Zolani Mahola, and Ludovic Mampuya.

The songs include "Get Up" (performed by Zolani Mahola), "Say Hello to Zambezia" and "Easy Easy" (both performed by Gang of Instrumentals), and "Out of Mist" by Ludovic Mampuya.

Reception[edit]

The film won the Best South African Feature Film[3] at the Durban International Film Festival in 2012. It also won Best Animation at the South African Film and Television Awards and Best Animation at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Accolades[edit]

AwardCategoryRecipientResult
Annie Awards[4]Music in an Animated Feature ProductionBruce RetiefNominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionJim Cummings
Africa Movie Academy AwardsBest AnimationWayne ThornleyWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naidoo, Romaana. "Triggerfish takes on the big boys". Media Club South Africa. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zambezia (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Durban International Film Festival: All the winners". Deadline. July 30, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annie Award Nominations Unveiled". Deadline. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

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