Khumba's script plays out like an uncomfortable mash-up of Ice Age, The Lion King and Madagascar, whilst the film's through-line is so contrived as to banish all investment in it. The same can be said of the subplot the film repeatedly flits back to, which sees the herd moving locations in their search for water. It's not exciting, it's not particularly funny, and it's extremely predictable. Elsewhere, the voicework ranges from solid to bland. Neeson is the one who comes away looking the best as the menacing Phango, whilst Laurence Fishburne delivers the vast majority of his dialogue in a boring, monotone voice as Khumba's characterless father, Seko. Austin's kid-friendly dialect is well-suited to our hero, while Grant and Buscemi will doubtless amuse younger audiences in fits and spurts. Kids may find some enjoyment in Khumba, but the messages it preaches have been told far better in many an animated film before it.