Synopsis: A half-striped zebra is born into an insular, isolated herd obsessed with stripes. Rumors that the strange foal is cursed spread and, before long, he is blamed for the drought that sets into the Great Karoo. When even his father, the leader of the herd, blames him for the lack of rain and the subsequent death of his mother, the outcast zebra leaves the confines of his home knowing that he cannot survive in the herd without all his stripes. Khumba ventures beyond the fence - vulnerable to the ferocious Leopard, Phango, who controls the waterholes and terrorizes the animals in the Great Karoo. Khumba is rescued from an opportunistic wild dog by a quirky duo: a wildebeest and an ostrich. Mama V is a self-confessed free spirit who does not want to be the average stay-at-home mom, like other wildebeest. Ironically, she mothers Bradley, a flamboyant but insecure ostrich who overcompensates for his scraggily feathers. When a mystical mantis appears to the foal, drawing a map to what could be
Director(s): Anthony Silverston
Production: Millenium Entertainment
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

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.

I got it.

I got it!

I got it!

I don't got it.

All that and you still miss?

Nice footwork out there!

It's time.

It's happening-

it's happening!

Where's Seko?

Watch out.

Here he comes!


Keeps my stripes.

That Themba is a stallion.

My brother is just

a big dumb jock.

I know.

Are there no stallions

in my future?

Oh, wait.

Here comes Mr. Right.

Right now.

Hey, Nigel.

Suki thinks you're hot.

Well, I've been running.



It's happening.

Come on.


It's Lungisa.

She's ready She's ready to...

Seko, come quick.

It's time.


That's my boy.

That's my boy.

He's a cute little fellow.

That's not right.

- What?

- No stripes?

He has no stripes?

- What is he?

- Something's wrong with him?

How is that possible?

- So different.

- I don't like different.

Don't listen to them.


Are you all right?

Dad, what's going on?


He's funny looking.

I like him.

What do you

even call half a zebra?

Zeb? I get it.


His name is Zeb?


You are not half a zebra.

Your name is Khumba.

Our son, Khumba.

That's nice.

He has no stripes.

Yeah, he doesn't have them.

What could it mean?

It's a bad sign.

No stripes, no rain.

You're looking

a little out of breath.

Barely breaking a sweat.

Hey, Tombi!

I thought you were faster

than all the boys!

No, just smarter.

Yeah, beaten

by a girl. Woo!

Okay, water break.

Oh, yeah.

Stop, Tombi. Don't.

Oh, yeah.

Stop. Enough already.

What's the matter, hotshot?

Sore loser?

Why do you care what they think?

I don't.

Well, I'm never going

to hang with them. No?

I'd much rather be out there!

Come on, Khumba!

You going to let me

get away that easy?

I was just giving you a head start.

Whether or not

it's Khumba's fault,

if it doesn't rain soon,

we'll have to leave,

take our chances out there.

All right, boys.

Do some squats, okay?

I'm not going to do them.

You guys can keep doing them.

Things are different now.

I'm just going to be watching.

Yep, don't want

any stretch marks.

Some things

are way too different.

Mkhulu, while

we wait for the rains,

maybe we should

ration the water.

Yeah, right.

Funny. Right.

Good idea, Seko.


Until the rains come, we'll

only drink once a day.

Okay, everyone. Ready?

Timba, temba, burning nimba,

You're so hot.

Show what you got!

Yo! Yo!

Nice nose block, champ.

Hey, Khumba!

Hey, guys. Who am I?

Check this out.

What happened to my stripes?


lame brains.

I can't believe we're related.

When are you going to

grow some stripes?

Very funny. I'll have

to remember that one.


That will take

the shine off, all right.

You just had to, didn't you?

Stay out of it, sis.

Go cheerlead

with the other girls.

One day, he'll

grow into his own skin.

We won't always

be here to protect him.

Themba, Themba, you're so hot.

Or not.

I may be half a zebra,

but at least I'm not an ass.


Hey, buzz off.

Is it some kind of map?

What's that?


You okay, Khumba?

Hey, I'm sorry

about what happened.

I don't know.

Maybe they let me off easy?

I did cause a drought.

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