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Khumba Review 2013

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Watch ‘Khumba’ TrailerStarring: Jake T. Austin as Khumba (voice), Liam Neeson as Phango (voice), Steve Buscemi as Skalk (voice), AnnaSophia Robb as Tombi (voice), Laurence Fishburne as Seko canada goose outlet uk (voice), Richard E. Grant as Bradley (voice), Loretta Devine as Mama V (voice), Anika Noni Rose as Lungisa, Catherine Tate as Nora (voice), Jennifer Cody as Fifi (voice), Charlie Adler as Wild Dog 1 (voice), Dee Bradley Baker as Meerkat Father (voice), Jeff Bennett as Rabbit (voice), Loretta Devine as Mama V (voice), Roger L. Jackson as Black Eagle (voice).

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