Sunday, September 23, 2012

HOLLYWOOD SPY SPOTLIGHT ON DELIGHTFUL ANIMATED FILM "ZAMBEZIA" WITH LEONARD NIMOY, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, RICHARD E. GRANT, JEFF GOLDBLUM!

Continuing our delightful Sunday spotlight on lovely animated movies in which we've already covered RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, EPIC, THE CROODS and
JUSTIN AND THE KNIGHTS OF VALOUR, today I have for you a recommendation from the head of HOLLYWOOD SPY's Nerd Department - Josh, an extremely fun, colourful and exotic animated feature titled ZAMBEZIA, which comes from South Africa and has already hit cinemas in some of European countries while in others it is ready to premiere later this winter. It still doesn't have a release date for United States (the distribution for English speaking countries has been sold to Sony). The film was made on a $20 million budget.

ZAMBEZIA STORY
This delightfully fun and enchantingly vivid animated film has a story set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls. The lovely story of ZAMBEZIA revolves around Kai, a young but high-
 spirited falcon that is brought up by his strict father in an isolated outpost. Kai's life will get completely turned upside down when a strange bird crashes into his small and protected world and tells him of
bird city of ZAMBEZIA. Kai sets on a journey to ZAMBEZIA where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.
  ZAMBEZIA CHARACTERS
As you will see the cast of this animated movie is filled with stars who gave their voices to a wonderful gallery of characters: Jeremy Suarez plays Kai, a brave, high-spirited young falcon with an impulsive, daredevil streak that often gets him into trouble. Samuel L. Jackson 
is Tendai, a great warrior and a strong-willed, devoted father to Kai who is misguided by the fear of losing his son. Leonard Nimoy is Sekhuru, the founder of Zambezia and a mentor and father-figure for all Zambezians. He is calm under pressure, wise and intuitive. Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) is Zoe, Sekhuru's adopted
 daughter and his natural successor. She has a strong sense of fairness and community but tends to take herself a little too seriously. British thespian Richard E. Grant is Cecil, a particularly ugly Marabou who has a chip on his shoulder about scavengers being excluded from ZAMBEZIA which he hides by 'putting on airs'. Jamal Mixon is
Ezee, who, irreverent and incorrigibly thick-skinned, is unashamedly self-gratifying and prides himself on his ability to enjoy the perks of Zambezia while doing as little work as possible. David Shaughnessy
is Morton, simpering in posture, but not in character. Morton is Cecil's runty cousin. He is a bit of a softy and is prone to sentimentality which he has to suppress around Cecil. Jeff Goldblum is also in the voice cast.

38 comments:

  1. Great write-up, DEZZ. I hope it makes it to the theatres here, and soon!

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  2. What a visual treat and fun for everyone. Nimoy, Jackson and Goldblum-all heavy hitters and people who I love to watch work. Looking forward to this one darling!

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    1. glad you like it, darling, isn't it delightful? :)

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    2. It's always a refreshing change of pace to see something that's above the bar, rather than laying under it like a dead whore with it's skirt off!

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    3. the same studio has another similar animated film and I'm planning to mention that one soon too :) But tomorrow I will probably bring a red carpet report from the Emmy Awards :)

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  3. Love the animation. Very charming clip too. :))

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    1. so many cute characters in the clip :)

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  4. I love Nimoy and Jackson and never thought I'd see the day where they were in something together. (unless I've missed it already LOL) I hope you're enjoying your weekend, Dezzy!

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    1. a relaxing one, finished the book and waiting to get another :)

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    2. It's good to know you are working darling!

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    3. not currently :) hope my publisher will find me something new ASAP!

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    4. Relaxing is good! Fingers crossed your publisher finds something for you soon - something not "tweeny" =P

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    5. ah, yes, tweeny will make me wanna hang myself :) I really haven't done a lovely book in ages now :(

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    6. What would be your "type" of book? Something you could really sink your teeth into?

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    7. In my profession I specialize in historical books, but I love any genre (except action, crime and thrillers) As long as it is a quality book and real literature. I also love sweeping dramas and deeply inspirational stories.
      If I'm doing "lighter" genre, I prefer epic or sf fantasy or adventure.
      I always refuse crime books, police books, detective ones, conspiracy theories, YA books, and all the books which put kids in inappropriate roles or do not respect moral values that I cherish.

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    8. I'm glad you have the ability to refuse which ever books you chose to translate. My favorite fantasy/adventure series is the Dark Elf by R.A. Salvatore. I get lost in that world. It's also why I love King's Gunslinger series.

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    9. well, currently I don't have a choice, since I lost one of my publishers due to my Borg surgeries :(, so I must accept all the job I can get, that is why my last two books were non-fiction which I generally don't do :(

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    10. Oh, no, I don't like hearing that type of news at all. I hope you have a chance at getting the publisher back one day, so you can pick and choose once again.

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    11. that is why I'm hoping moving to Belgrade could help a bit....

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  5. What a delighted trailer ~ I enjoyed it Dez ~

    Happy weekend ~

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  6. Sounds like the "Madagascar" movies except with birds.

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    1. The setting is almost the same geographically

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  7. Charming. Might be worth a view with the grandkiddies.

    .......dhole

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  8. Atleast I have jeff goldblum to look forward to

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    1. ah, among all the goodness you're looking forward to Goldblum... let us analyse that :P

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  9. Remember how some years ago we thought those 3D animations were top? Look at this now ;)

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    1. yep, animation is really developing very fast, but there is also an upcoming trend of hand drawn animated films too.

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  10. The animation looks awesome and i'm willing to bet it's a great story too. Looking forward to seeing it

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