The animated feature Adventures in Zambezia has grossed an estimated $18 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing South African film over the past 30 years.
Triggerfish Animation’s highly successful film was recently sold to French distributor Metropolitan Films, which 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.
The 3D movie 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 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Star Trek); and Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained, Avengers). Also lending their voices are animation veterans 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.
The film has so far been a hit in Poland, Benelux, Russia, South Korea, Portugal, Israel and its home territory of South Africa.
The film will be released March 28 in the United States on home video formats available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.