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Khumba enchants young audiences at premiere

2013-10-21 19:00
Tygervalley - Khumba, the 3D South African computer-animated adventure comedy film due to be released on 25 October, premiered at Ster-Kinekor’s The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Wednesday 16 October, and at Tyger Valley in Cape Town on 17 October. Both premieres were family events and were well attended by guests and their children.

"The kids had loads of fun meeting two of the characters from Khumba – Khumba himself and Mama V," says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film in South Africa.

"They were given the opportunity to pose for pictures with the two characters, and the children were also taught to do the ‘dassie dance’. Face painters were also there to entertain the kids, and we had a glam cam set up to capture all the guest as they arrived. It was a real treat for everyone."

Also released in Afrikaans

In a first for South Africa, the film is also being released in Afrikaans, and it was this version – which features the voices of several well-known Afrikaans actors who will be familiar to local audiences – that was screened at the Tyger Valley premiere. "This was the first public screening of the Afrikaans version and the guests loved it," says Kuun.

"Even though I've now watched the movie many, many times, watching Khumba in Afrikaans was a whole new experience for me," says Anthony Silverston, director of Khumba.

"Bettie Kemp and the cast did an excellent job of matching the characters to the animation and their performances made some parts even funnier than the original version. I'm so glad that Indigenous Film Distribution succeeded in pulling this off, especially with Khumba being set in the Karoo."

"It lends a whole new layer of authenticity to the film. It was fantastic to see both kids and their parents enjoying the film in both languages and the impression I got across the board was that they were proud to watch a home-grown movie."

Guests at the premieres included several Afrikaans actors who voiced the characters, such as Hannes Brummer (Khumba), Lelia Etsebeth (Tombi), Rika Sennett (Lungisa), Altus Theart (Springbok Frikkie), and Rina Nienaber (Meercat).

Quentin Vogel, animation director at Triggerfish, with the character from Khumba:

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