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Khumba: A Zebra's Tale review

Listen to the zebra...

This likeable but limp South African ’toon about a half-striped zebra aims to reclaim its continent’s wildlife from Hollywood safaris like The Lion King . Sadly, it’s too timid to survive against feistier competition.

Everything is leftovers, from the lazy casting of dependable but typecast stars (Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi), to a quest structure Robert McKee would dismiss as formulaic.

Even the film’s key source of charm, its heartfelt allegory about tolerance, becomes a flaw when rare flashes of anarchy (notably a tribe of crazed rodents) are eclipsed by over earnestness.

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