Zambezia (2013)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 23 mins

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Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon on the cusp of adulthood is bored and lonely living in a remote outpost with only his strict father, Tendai (Samuel L.Jackson), for company. Forbidden from venturing beyond the Katungu Boundary, his suspicions that there must be more to life are confirmed when Gogo, a kooky Stork and her co-pilot, a cute weaver called Tini, crash into his world. From them, Kai learns that downriver is a bustling bird city with exciting opportunities for a talented flier such as himself. In an angry exchange with his father, Kai discovers that Tendai has known all along about Zambezia and has been there himself! Hurt and angry at his father’s betrayal, Kai leaves Katungu and journeys downriver. Arriving at the famed bird city - a majestic Baobab perched on the edge of Victoria Falls - Kai is amazed by the throngs of birds from all over Africa who are busy preparing for the Spring Celebrations. He soon befriends a fast-talking Nightjar called Ezee who knows how to enjoy the perks of community life and guides him through the city. Kai is bowled over when he meets Zoe (Abigail Breslin), a beautiful and feisty Black-Shouldered Kite who is the adopted daughter of Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), Zambezia’s founder. Unfortunately for him, Kai doesn’t make a good first impression when he accidentally ruins her Spring Celebration decorations. But he is thrilled when his skillful flying earns him a place on the Hurricanes, the elite defense patrol made up of the best fliers on Zambezia. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Zambezians, Marabou Storks, tired of scavenging off the scraps of Zambezia have joined forces with Budzo, a vicious egg-eating Leguaan, and hatched a plan to take control of the island city. To make matters worse, Budzo captures Kai’s father and all of the weavers, including Tini. In order to save Zambezia and Tendai, Kai has to face his past and learn that no matter how fast and talented a flier he is, no bird is an island.

Cast: Abigail Breslin, Jeremy Suarez, Leonard Nimoy

Crew: Wayne Thornley (Director), Bruce Retief (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Release Dates: 02 Aug 2013 (India)

Tagline: Up, up and a long way from home.

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Did you know? The movie had won the Best Animation award at the South African Film and Television Awards and Best Animation at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards Read More
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as Kai
as Sekhuru
as Marabous
as Neville
as Morton
as Mushana
as Ezee
as Ajax
as Gogo
as Budzo / Marabous
as Marabous
as Hurricanes
as Gossip Bird 2
as Nurse Bird
as Hurricanes
as Pavi
as Announcer Bird
as Cecil
as Hurricanes
as Tendai
as Tini
as Marabous
as Neville's Wife
as Marabous
as Weaver




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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS Stereo
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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Shot in 3D
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Up, up and a long way from home.
Airborne to be wild.
They'll have to wing it... in this bird city!
The movie had won the Best Animation award at the South African Film and Television Awards and Best Animation at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards

The name "Zambezia" was a Victorian-era term for the area of south-eastern Africa that later became known as "Rhodesia" and is today called "Zimbabwe".

'Zambezia' is Samuel L. Jackson's first G rated movie.