Animation / Delhi Safari

Delhi Safari is a 2012 computer animated film directed by Nikhil Advani and produced by Krayon Pictures. Although the film's origin is India, the film was dubbed in English shortly after its release date and appeared in American theaters in early December of the same year.

Somewhere in the jungles of India, a leopard cub named Yuvi is busy bonding with his father when construction vehicles and workers roam into the area for deforestation. Although Yuvi manages to get away, the cub's father is killed, and he (as well as the other animals) come to the conclusion that they need to relocate before the humans kill anyone else. After much arguing, and realizing that the humans can easily kill them all if they go to war, the animals decide to talk to the humans in order to make them change their minds about destroying their home. With the help of an English-speaking parrot named Alex, Yuvi, his mother, and a ragtag group of other animals venture across India towards Delhi, in hopes that they can convince the humans to reconsider the deforestation.

While the film isn't very popular in America, Delhi Safari has much critical acclaim in India. The film won the National Film Award for Best Animated Film in 2012, as well as the award for Best Feature Film at FICCI FRAMES 2012.


  • A Dog Named "Dog": Pigeon is a pigeon.
  • Bee Afraid: Bajrangi accidentally breaks a hornet's nest with a large rock near the end of the film. Cue hundreds of bees chasing after the protagonists...
  • Character Development: All five main characters manage to grow throughout the trip to Delhi in various different ways.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alex. He can barely go a few sentences without speaking sarcastically to Bajrangi.
  • Death by Origin Story: Sultan. His death is largely what causes Yuvi and the other animals to seek help against the deforestation.
  • Decoy Protagonist: There's a reason why Sultan isn't even on the cover poster for this movie...
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The hot-headed Bajrangi is first seen calling all the other animals cowards for wanting to leave their home after the humans kill Sultan, while he wants to resort to violence, as opposed to talking to them peacefully.
    • Alex is first seen lip-syncing to a song on television while he dances around in an oversized, comfortable house to let the viewers know just how pampered humans have made him.
  • Fat and Skinny: Marela and Bharela.
  • Five-Man Band: Downplayed. Out of the five animals going to Delhi, Yuvi is obviously the Tagalong Kid, and Bagga is The Big Guy, but none of them are really The Hero (in large part because Sultan, who would've qualified as the hero, died ten minutes into the movie). Bajrangi, Beggum, and Alex all fit almost every other position for a standanrd Five-Man Band, and even Bagga and Yuvi have their smart moments.
  • Hammerspace: Somehow, Bajrangi is capable of carrying well over two dozen weapons with him, despite being naked.
  • Jerkass: Bajrangi and Alex. They both get better.
  • Mama Bear: Go on. Try to mess with Yuvi without Beggum tearing you to shreds afterwards.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted when Bajrangi takes a pee break after the protagonists take a brief rest at night on their way to Delhi.
  • Those Two Guys: Bharela and Marela, the two primates who are never seen away from each other.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Bajrangi. He started out as a hot-headed Jerkass who only listened to himself, but he finally understood that violence would solve nothing and that he needed to become nicer.
    • Alex. Started off as a pompous, sarcastic bird who preferred his pampered life. Eventually realized that he needed to help the other animals and convince the humans that what they were doing was hurting the environment.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: Discussed shortly after Sultan dies, where Bajrangi seriously considers going to war with the humans. Ultimately subverted in the end, where the protagonists solve the crisis by merely talking to the humans, because they know that violence will only lead to an endless circle of more violence.