Direction: Wayne Thornley
Actors: Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin
Taking full advantage of the technological advances in computer animation, this South African feature is a surprisingly fresh entrant in the ever-burgeoning contemporary cartoon arena.
Set against bright backdrops in the veldt, the kid-friendly fable revolves around the efforts of a fledgling falcon (voiced to perfection by Suarez) to defend the titular abode of birds.
Accompanied by his feathery friends, the flock soars into flight to vanquish a giant lizard (Jim Cummings) and his stiff upper lip cohorts. Debutant director Wayne Thornley has assembled a diverse — and funny — crew of characters who add verve to a colourful adventure.
To be sure, their saucy repartee will not amuse young children as much as it may the adult audience. A braveheart kite (Breslin) brings romantic chemistry to her relationship with the falcon.
The soundtrack is filled with Afrocentric tunes. Commendably, the cautionary life lessons are schmaltz-free. With its invention and visual deftness, Zambezia provides entertainment for the family.