Zambezia (film)

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Zambezia
South African theatrical release film poster
South African theatrical release film poster
Directed by Wayne Thornley
Produced by Mike Buckland
Stuart Forrest
James Middleton
Anthony Silverston
Written by Andrew Cook
Raffaella Delle Donne
Anthony Silverston
Wayne Thornley[1]
Starring
Music by Bruce Retief
Cinematography Wayne Thornley
Edited by Michel Smit
Paul Speirs
Luke MacKay[1]
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
3 July 2012
Running time
83 minutes
Country South Africa
Language English
Budget R173 million ($20 million)[2]
Box office $34.4 million[3]

Zambezia (also known as Adventures in Zambezia)[1] 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, written by Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, and Anthony Silverston, and starring the voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson with supporting roles done by Jim Cummings, Richard E. Grant, Jenifer Lewis, Jamal Mixon, and David Shaughnessy. It is the first film produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 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.[4] It also won Best Animation at the South African Film and Television Awards and Best Animation at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

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 Zambezia's defenders called the "Hurricanes" to protect Zambezia from Budzo, a monstrous rock-monitor who has persuaded the Marabous (who have been left out of the development of Zambezia) to help him with his invasion.

Cast[edit]

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.

Release[edit]

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.

Accolades[edit]

The film won the Best South African Feature Film[4] 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.

Award Category Recipient Result
Annie Awards[5] Music in an Animated Feature Production Bruce Retief Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Jim Cummings
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Animation Wayne Thornley Won

Soundtrack[edit]

Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 20 September 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 36:19
Label Triggerfish
Producer Bruce Retief
Singles from Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  1. "Get Up"
  2. "Say Hello to Zambezia"
  3. "Out of Mist"
  4. "Easy Easy"

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[6] and on Amazon.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music written and composed by Bruce Retief, except where noted.

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Get Up" Zolani Mahola 3:38
2. "Bandits"   1:18
3. "High Speed Air Chase"   1:56
4. "The Gorge"   4:32
5. "Cecil's Lament"   3:00
6. "Flying to Zambezia"   3:06
7. "Say Hello to Zambezia" Gang of Instrumentals 2:30
8. "Zambezia Theme Variations"   1:18
9. "Hurricane Trials"   2:36
10. "Lizards on Zambezia"   2:40
11. "Fight on the Bridge"   3:04
12. "Budzo's End"   1:12
13. "Out of Mist" Ludovic Mampuya 3:19
14. "Easy Easy" Gang of Instrumentals 2:10
Total length: 36:19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Adams, Mark (12 March 2013). "Adventures in Zambezia". ScreenDaily. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Naidoo, Romaana. "Triggerfish takes on the big boys". Media Club South Africa. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Zambezia (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Durban International Film Festival: All the winners". Deadline. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Annie Award Nominations Unveiled". Deadline. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack) on iTunes iTunes Store Retrieved 6 September 2014
  7. ^ Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack) on Amazon.com Amazon.com. Retrieved 6 September 2014

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