Release dateJuly 3, 2012 WriterCamilla Bubna-Kasteliz (script editor), Andrew Cook (screenplay), Raffaella Delle Donne (screenplay), Tom Kenny (additional writing material), Kiel Murray (script consultant), Brent Palmer (creative development), Nik Rabinowitz (creative development), Anthony Silverston (screenplay), Wayne Thornley (screenplay), Lindsay van Blerk (additional story material) Initial releaseJuly 3, 2012 (South Africa) ProductionTriggerfish Animation Studios CastJeremy Suarez (Kai), Samuel L. Jackson (Tendai), Abigail Breslin (Zoe), Leonard Nimoy (Sekhuru), Jeff Goldblum (Ajax), Jenifer Lewis (Gogo) Similar moviesRichard E Grant and Phil LaMarr appear in Zambezia and Khumba, Valiant (2005), Rio 2 (2014), Rio (2011), Free Birds (2013)
TaglineAirborne to be wild.
Zambezia (also known as Adventures in Zambezia) is a 2012 English-language South African 3D computer-animated adventure film. The film tells the story of a young peregrine falcon who leaves the desolate desert where he lives with his father to discover action and adventure in the big city of Zambezia. The film was directed by Wayne Thornley, and written by Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, and Anthony Silverston. It is the first film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson star.
Zambezia was theatrically released on 3 July 2012 and earned $34.4 million on a R173 million ($20 million) budget. It received Annie Award nominations for Music in an Animated Feature Production and for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. The film won the Best South African Feature Film 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.
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 monstrous rock-monitor Budzo who has persuaded the Marabous (who have been left out of the development of Zambezia) to help him with his invasion.
Jeremy Suarez as Kai, a peregrine falcon
Abigail Breslin as Zoe, a black-winged kite
Jeff Goldblum as Ajax, a lammergeier
Leonard Nimoy as Chief Sekhuru, an African fish eagle
Samuel L. Jackson as Tendai, a peregrine falcon
Jim Cummings as Budzo, a rock monitor
Richard E. Grant as Cecil, a marabou stork
Jenifer Lewis as Gogo, a saddle-billed stork
Jamal Mixon as Ezee, a nightjar
David Shaughnessy as Morton, a marabou stork
Frank Welker as Sill, a marabou stork
Noureen DeWulf as Pavi, an African sacred ibis
Tania Gunadi as Tini, a weaver bird
Deep Roy as Mushana, a green pigeon
Phil LaMarr as an African grey parrot announcer and Dodo, a guineafowl
Corey Burton as Neville, a Lilian's lovebird
Tress MacNeille as Neville, a Lilian's Lovebird
Zolani Mahola as a weaver
Tom Kenny, Wayne Thornley, Jon Olson, Brent Palmer, and Jim Cummings provide the voices of various marabou in the film. Sam Riegel and Keeno Lee Hector provided the voices of various "Hurricanes".
Zambezia was theatrically released on 3 July 2012 by Cinema Management Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment in English territories and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 24 April 2013 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film won the Best South African Feature Film 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.
The original motion picture soundtrack for the film was written, composed and produced by Bruce Retief, which was released on 20 September 2013 through Triggerfish in digital download. It includes fourteen tracks, with music from Retief as the film's score composer, and studio performances from various artists, including Gang of Instrumentals, Zolani Mahola (who also provided the voice of a weaver in the film), and Ludovic Mampuya. It is available on iTunes and on Amazon.
All music written and composed by Bruce Retief, except where noted.