Adventures in Zambezia

2012 G 1h 23m DVD

Adventures in Zambezia

2012 G 1h 23m DVD
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In this animated comedy, adventurous young falcon Kai leaves the wilderness and his father to journey to the bird city of Zambezia -- where he learns some important life lessons about survival and community.
Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Jenifer Lewis, Jim Cummings, Jamal Mixon, Richard E. Grant, David Shaughnessy, Noureen DeWulf, Tania Gunadi, Deep Roy
Wayne Thornley
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Adventures in Zambezia should appeal to most kids who like animal characters with personality and humor, and a story with some suspense. Set in Africa, the movie introduces bits of the geography, language, and melodies of the continent, as well as many native birds and creatures. Best for kids who can distinguish cartoon violence from real violence, as there's plenty of action (chases, captures, a vicious monitor lizard) to go with the bright, colorful animation and a mostly conventional story. At the heart of the tale is a young peregrine falcon who, in the course of the film, learns about the death of his mother. In addition, one villainous marabou falls to his death as his brother watches. There are lots of positive messages about teamwork, inclusiveness, and growing up.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Lots of cartoon action. The chief villain is a scary, toothy monitor lizard who is always threatening and is on an evil quest -- he wants to eat all the eggs in Zambesia. His henchmen are designed more comically, but they, too, assault the heroic bird community. One villainous bird falls to his death as his brother watches. A young falcon hears about the death of his mother who gave her life so that he might live. There are numerous swooping chases, falls, crashes, lots of pushing, shoving, and imprisoning captive innocents. The finale is an extended battle scene as the lizard and his followers attempt to invade Zambezia and the citizens fight them off.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Clearly shows the positive results of teamwork, loyalty, a sense of adventure, and living in an inclusive society. Parents learn that they can't protect their offspring by keeping them close and restricted, but must let them "fly."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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