Visitors to Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town can now read all about the half-striped breed of zebra (quagga) that inspired Khumba, the loveable hero from Triggerfish’s second animated feature of the same name.
In partnership with the Quagga Project which aims to revive the previously extinct half-striped zebra, Triggerfish has designed a new information board that explains more about the fascinating animal’s history. This comes after a quagga-like foal born last year was actually named Khumba after the titular character in the animated feature film. So why not check it out – and you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Khumba in the flesh!
Triggerfish’s new animated feature Khumba is NOW available on DVD and Blu-ray exclusively at Walmart stores and will be out on VOD and sold everywhere on February 11. Millennium Entertainment is handling the U.S. release while Mongrel Media is handling the Canadian release.
Khumba, the second feature from the South African animation studio Triggerfish, is a wondrous and slightly deranged story about oddballs embracing their differences. The titular young hero is a South African zebra who is born half-white in a gated community of chicly striped peers. The superstitious zebras conclude that Khumba is the cause of the drought that follows his birth. For them, no stripes mean no rain. Read more…
By MIRIAM BALE
Published: December 5, 2013
This week, Americans get to meet Khumba when the movie releases in theatres for an Oscar-qualifying run. Ahead of its DVD release Jan 14th, audiences can see the film at a special one-week engagement in the Quad Cinema in NYC and at the Music Hall in LA.
Finweek recently sat down with Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. Read the full conversation here:
He’s the governing force behind the highest-grossing SA-owned film since the Eighties, and his production company just secured the development funding for two films as part of a five film slate, which we reckon makes him one of the most successful producers in the country, if not the entire continent. We spoke to Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest about the South African film industry, pitching to venture capital firms (VCs) and the one piece of advice he’ll give to anyone who will listen.
The official Khumba soundtrack by Bruce Retief is now available to buy. Find it at your nearest store or get it at Amazon or iTunes. Read the recent article on Bruce in Screen Africa to find out more about the talented composer behind the music:
Bruce Retief, composer of animated feature films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, released by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, produces albums and composes and arranges music for various artists in South Africa. However, these movies were his big break into composing film scores.
“I knew about the plans to make Adventures from Zambezia from early on, and I waited for a director, who turned out to be Wayne Thornley, to be attached to the project so I could send my music to pitch to him. Apparently I was one of 12 applicants, and Wayne chose me.
“It was my and Wayne’s first full feature so we walked a road together and discovered what we wanted as we went along. This process took two years! Wayne is the type of director who prefers to have examples shown to him to work from, so I would come up with an idea for a scene, play it for him, and he would give his comments and make suggestions and changes. Most of the time we agreed on the emotion that was required for the various scenes,” says Retief.
Khumba has been awarded TWICE at the International “Gold Panda” Awards! The film about a zebra from the Karoo who searches for his missing strips took home Best Overseas Animated Feature as well as the Grand Prize in a ceremony held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on the 15th of November.
Triggerfish Celebrates Children’s Day
Triggerfish celebrated Children’s Day by inviting thirty young fans for a studio visit. The morning kicked off with a screening of the trailers for Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, then a couple behind-the-scenes videos with a clip showing the animators acting out some of the comedy scenes proving to be a real hit.
Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase of development for what aims to be a 5-film slate. The company continues to explore additional financing options and the possible sale of a stake to a strategic partner. Two of the films announced to go into development include Here be Monsters and Seal Team (working titles).
“We have a number of exciting properties in the pipeline,” says head of development Anthony Silverston, “But we’re particularly excited by these two highly original and exciting high concept stories. And although both stories have an ocean setting, they couldn’t be more different!”
Khumba animators and artists were invited to this year’s Kunjanimation Animation Festival 2013, to share their experiences at the Triggerfish studio with students, industry professionals and the general public in Johannesburg. This is the 3rd edition of the SA animation festival.
After a week of business-related Kunjanimation seminars, the last day appropriately rounded the festival off on a creative note with inspiring art-related discussions and seminars as well as the highly-anticipated Kunjanimation Exhibition – all hosted and catered for at the WITS School of Arts. The line-up included two talks on the making of Khumba.