Beverly Hills, CA -- Adventures in Zambezia has become highest grossing South African film over the past 30 years. Not since The Gods Must Be Crazy came out in 1980 has there been a South African film that has touched the hearts and funny bones of audiences worldwide the way Zambezia has.
Triggerfish Animation’s highly successful film was recently sold to France’s heavy weight distributor Metropolitan Films who signed up for both Adventures in Zambezia and Triggerfish’s next feature Khumba. Among the other final territories to be licensed on Zambezia were Spain which went to Big Pictures and Hungary which was acquired by ADS Services.
Zambezia has been flying high at the box office and strong word of mouth has led to bigger numbers in its second week in release allowing it to outperform other high profile animated features in a number of territories:
Triggerfish Animation Studios’ Adventures in Zambezia - 3D features the voice talents of Jeremy Suarez Brother Bear & King of the Hill, star of Little Miss Sunshine, Abigail Breslin; Jeff Goldblum The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou & Jurassic Park, Leonard Nimoy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon & Star Trek, and Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained and Captain America: The First Avenger, in addition to the voice talents of Richard E. Grant Corpse Bride & Dracula, Jim Cummings The Princess and the Frog, The Lion King &Winnie the Pooh, and Jenifer Lewis The Princess and the Frog & Cars.
The animated feature is directed by Wayne Thornley and executive produced by Greg and Claire Becker, Mace Neufeld (Invictus, The Hunt for Red October), Edward Noeltner of Cinema Management Group, Peter Graham and Steven Hayes of 120 db films and produced by Stuart Forrest, James Middleton, Anthony Silverston and Mike Buckland of Triggerfish Animation.
Zambezia is a bird city and breeding sanctuary in the heart of Africa, led by wise and battle-tested Sekhuru (Nimoy). The film follows Kai (Suarez), who leaves his remote outpost against his father's (Jackson) wishes to join the prestigious Hurricane defense flyers fiercely trained by Ajax (Goldblum) to patrol the skies keeping Zambezia safe. Kai's father goes after him but is captured as the scheming iguana lizard Budzo (Cummings) conspires to attack the sanctuary. Kai and soul mate Zoe (Breslin) find themselves in the middle of Budzo’s deadly plot and need to gather all their flying skills along with a big dose of diplomacy to save the city.
Source: Cinema Management Group