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Khumba is a 2013 3D South African computer-animated comedy film directed and produced by Anthony Silverston, written by Silverston and Raffaella Delle Donne. The film stars the voices of Jake T. Austin, Ben Kingsley, Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devine, Rupert Everett, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E. Grant, Anika Noni Rose, AnnaSophia Robb, Joey Richter, D.B. Sweeney, Catherine Tate, and Liam Neeson. It was the second movie made by Triggerfish Animation Studios and is distributed by Millennium Entertainment in the US. The International distribution rights are being licensed by Cinema Management Group. The film is about Khumba, a zebra who is half-striped like a quagga and blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insular, abusive, superstitious herd, except his dad, mom and Tombi. He embarks on a quest to earn his stripes.


  • This is my home, the great Karoo desert. Nope, that's not me. I'm not even born yet. See that way over there?That's a fence in the middle of nowhere. Surviving in these parts isn't easy. You need to be tough and flexible. Adapt or die. That's why we built this enclosure. It keeps us in and them out. Them being everyone who isn't us. This is the only waterhole for miles and miles, and it's all ours. Yep, zebras only. Until I came along and changed everything.


  • You can't keep them hidden from me forever, Mkhulu.
  • I can smell your fear. I can almost taste it.
  • If it doesn't rain soon, you will have to let them out.
  • What's wrong, Skalk? Abandoned by your pack?
  • Give me one good reason. Go on. Give it your best shot.
  • As in heart still beating fresh?
  • Half striped? Finally. As it was foretold.
  • I knew there was something different about him.
  • Better than nothing? You scavenge so low on the food chain, you couldn't possibly see his power
  • Dog, dog, dog. All I smell is dog.
  • [Grabbing Skalk] Dead dog?
  • The Karoo may be going to the dogs, but it doesn't mean I have to eat one. The heartburn is a killer.
  • Yes...
  • Where is he?
  • It’s no use running.
  • Tell me where he is.
  • Why Don’t you go right. No the other right.
  • Oh, bad choice.
  • Of course. To where it all began.
  • There you are. In the flesh at last.
  • But you're not the same, are you? They hardly get my pulse rate up. You are the one I've been waiting for. It was foretold that a half-striped zebra would be born, and make one of us the most powerful leopard that ever lived. But I killed my own clan so that I could have you.
  • You I'd savor slowly. One stripe at a time.
  • You are the half, the half that will complete me.
  • There’s only ONE way to find out.
  • You're getting under my skin, Khumba.
  • Surrender to your destiny.
  • Well, eating you will!


  • I Know what you’re thinking.
  • Well, hello there. Excuse me. How are you today? Feeling different, peculiar, left out, having trouble fitting in? Am I right? That's why I'm here. I'm here to help. My name is Skalk.
  • You want more stripes, but you think there's no way in the world you could get more stripes. Am I right? Am I wrong? Am I? Of course I'm right.
  • Stop, stop, stop. I've got the answers to all your problems right here. Skalk's 100% natural, herb, miracle formula. Guaranteed to bring out the natural stripe in you.
  • No, no, no, wait. I know what you're thinking. How could that be? But I tell you it works... on anything. Even a rock. Samples of my work right here. But if you want to trek all the way across the Karoo and back, that's all right by me.
  • Normally, it's very, very, very hard to get, but act now, the miracle natural stuff is yours for the shockingly low price of, say... a little water for me and my buddies?
  • I personally know there's enough water back at your herd to give it away. Saw the wet muzzles with my own eyes. Wouldn't hurt for you to ask.
  • Good evening, madam. What a treat running into such a lovely lady on such a lovely evening. With a fine feather duster, I might add.
  • But I ain’t done nothing wrong yet.
  • As for fun, I was providing adult supervision.
  • Come on, guys. He's our ticket to all that water the zebras are hogging.
  • He's going to eat you. Sorry, kid. I did my best.
  • Go for the hoof. That's her Achilles' heel. She's got four of them.
  • Wait, wait, I know what you're thinking, that I messed with the herd.
  • You know, guys... I don't know. Sometimes I don't think you see the bigger picture.
  • It was off the cuff. A little bit of this, a whole lot of us. You know, team work.
  • I can fix that. I've got a natural blend of herbs and flowers. I'll go get you some. It kills nasty odors dead. It works on dog, cat, dog... [when Phango grabs him] DO-Oh!
  • I Tried to avoid that.
  • Are you feeling old, cranky, all alone with no herd to call your own?
  • Hey, now, wait. I know what you're thinking. But I'm no wolf in sheep's clothing. But you and me, we can make a great partnersheep. Sheep joke.
  • Where's the rest of your pack? Well, we grew apart. Creative differences.


  • Whether or not it's Khumba's fault, if it doesn't rain soon, we'll have to leave, take our chances out there.
  • Mkhulu, while we wait for the rains, maybe we should ration the water.
  • Khumba, you put the herd at risk. For the next week, you'll drink only half your rations. Half rations... for half zebras.

Mama V[edit]

  • I can't think when I last saw a zebra outside the fence.
  • And it doesn't help that you can't find a drop of water to drink.
  • Some birds are just not meant to be caged, hey, Bradley?
  • This was on the map, right?
  • Why the rush, fellows? Migration season already?
  • I've got to hand it to you, Khumba. You sure are one of a kind.
  • Something wrong with being different?


  • You're mocking me, because I’m flightless!
  • The farm was my home, but life can be cruel when you're a breed apart, and no one understands your fab works of art. I've been persecuted, stigmatised. You might think I've been demoralized. Oh, yeah. But I will survive Although all my life, I've been ostracised. Patronised, decaberized. Traumatized. On several occasions, I've been hospitalized. What I've been through, the doctor visualized. I know they all make fun, but when all is said and done, I was ostracized. Oh, yeah, laugh at me. Laugh away, make fun. But when all is said and done, I was ostracized.
  • Oh, I'm not a cleaning implement. I am an artiste.
  • Did you hear what he said about my feathers? Take him down, Mama V.
  • Well, it's too late for some of us.
  • Well, I personally saw the mantis once. He was very complimentary about my feathers. Maybe not the mantis, but a mantis. Okay, yes, a stick insect. Point is, he liked the feathers.

The Black Eagle[edit]

  • Why did you come here?
  • No one has ever gazed upon the mighty black eagle and lived.
  • Why did you come here?
  • To see the freak of nature for yourself!?!?!
  • The only white black eagle?
  • Well?
  • And why should I help you? ANSWER ME!!!
  • Go.
  • The place you seek is Ngow Mountain. I don't get many visitors. To get to Ngow Mountain from here, you'll have to pass through the Valley of Desolation. Then the Abandoned Farm. Go around the Salt Pan, and you will find...
  • There was a time when he was the outcast of the litter. Born blind in one eye. Abandoned by his own kind. Little did they know that his blindness would give him a sense of smell like no other leopard before him. And he would grow up to be a great hunter. He got his revenge, but it seems that isn't enough for him.
  • Having enough everyone live in fear of you, doesn’t change you who you are.


  • You think you're the only one who has a hard time fitting in?


  • INTRUDERS!!!!!
  • He even eat my dear husband, didn’t he, Nora.
  • Um.....Where the rest of your pack.
  • He’s going to get you, he’s going to get you.
  • Intruders! Get off my farm, you freaks of nature! Freak! Freak, freak!
  • My water! All mine! Freak, freak! Good enough to eat.
  • Who in their right mind would go there?
  • I was going to tell you. He'd love to sink his teeth into a young zebra. Yes, he'll like that. I'm sure.
  • And they call me loony.
  • Certainly not a freak like him, right, Nora? What is it anyway? I don't think he knows what he is, Nora, do you? No, I don't. Don’t know wha— What are you? Well, what are you?
  • I didn't have much of a sheep mentality myself.


  • You're are not half a zebra, you’re name is Khumba.
  • Do you know why I named you Khumba? You see, Khumba means skin.
  • They say that the first zebras to walk the Earth all had exactly the same skin with no stripes at all.
  • One day, a brave young zebra took a journey across the vast Karoo. And deep inside a huge mountain, he found a water hole, a magic water hole. He swam in it, and when he came out, his skin was striped. All the other zebras admired his beautiful skin, and he was proud to be so different. But now, they all wanted to be like him, so one by one, they swam in the magic water hole, and when they came out, they were all striped, too.
  • No, Khumba.
  • Don't you see? Then They all looked the same.


  • Skalk: You know, guys... I don't know. Sometimes I don't think you see the bigger picture.
  • Wild Dog: Nice do. Do it yourself. Been in the bush lately.
  • Skalk: Very funny. Can I please slurp in peace?
  • Wild Dog: When exactly did you decide that you were going to hold the zebra ransom?
  • Skalk: It was off the cuff. A little bit of this, a whole lot of us. You know, team work.
  • Wild Dog: Yeah, we're the team. You do the work.
  • Skalk: Whatever happened to the pack mentality? Hey, guys?
  • Phango: What's wrong, Skalk? Abandoned by your pack?
  • Skalk: Hey Phango. I was just having a little drink of water. It's not even water. Just mud, really. And it's all yours for the taking. Don't eat me please.
  • Phango: Give me one good reason. Go on. Give it your best shot.
  • Skalk: Now you're a sophisticated, discerning gourmet type. You are what you eat, right?
  • Phango: Mm-hmm.
  • Skalk: How about some organic, free-range,fresh meat?
  • Phango: As in heart still beating fresh?
  • Skalk: As in young and tender zebra fresh. Actually, he didn't look like much of a zebra. He's half striped. But he sure smelled like one.
  • Phango: Half striped? Finally. As it was foretold.
  • Skalk: I was just passing by and.
  • Phango: I knew there’s something different about him.
  • Skalk: Then again, half a zebra is better than nothing, right?
  • Phango: Better than nothing? You scavenge so low on the food chain, you couldn't possibly see his power.
  • Skalk: I've always been a half-full, half-empty kind of guy. So sue me.
  • Phango: Where is he?
  • Skalk: He was attacked. A herd of giant wildebeest. A pack of crazed ostriches.
  • Phango: Show me.

  • Phango: Dog, dog, dog. All I smell is dog.
  • Skalk: I can fix that. I've got a natural blend of herbs and flowers. I'll go get you some. It kills nasty odors dead. It works on dog, cat, dog...
  • Phango: Dead dog'.
  • Skalk: I'm trying to avoid that.
  • Phango: The Karoo may be going to the dogs, but it doesn't mean I have to eat one. The heartburn is a killer.

  • Bradley: Why not. I’ll be waiting on the wings my whole life.
  • Mama V: Bradley, be careful.
  • Khumba: Don’t worry, we’ll meet you back here.
  • Mama V: I swear. If you two kill yourselves I’ll kill you both. Be careful Khumba.

  • Mama V: I hope Khumba's all right.
  • Bradley: He's all that crazy to face Phango alone, is he?
  • Mama V: Maybe we should go back and look for him.
  • Bradley: I'm sure any minute now, Khumba will pop out of nowhere and surprise us. Mama V.
  • Phango: Where is he?
  • Bradley: Mama V! Come on, Mama V.
  • Phango: It’s no use running.
  • Mama V: This isn't happening. This isn't happening.
  • Phango: Tell me where he is. Why don't you go right?
  • Bradley: This way!
  • Phango: No, the other right!
  • Bradley: Come on, Mama V
  • Phango: Oh, bad choice. Where is he? He was with you.
  • Bradley: You mean Khumba? Oh, that's weird. He's heading to you. I mean was heading to you. Oh, he's long gone.
  • Phango: Of course. To where it all began.
  • Mama V: We have to Warn Khumba.
  • Bradley: Even if it means facing Phango?
  • Mama V: Maybe going back is the only way to move on.
  • Bradley: Are we going forwards or backwards now? I'm confused.
  • Mama V: Whatever. From now on, we're sticking together.

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