The Donkey King Movie (2018) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

The Donkey King

October 13, 2018
1hr 45min
Status: released

Trailer, Teaser & Videos

Where to Watch The Donkey King (Stream)

Amazon Prime Video

The Donkey King Movie Details:

Country Pakistan
Language Urdu
Release date13 October 2018
Running time1hr 45min
StarringJan Rambo
Ismail Tara
Hina Dilpazeer
Ghulam Mohiuddin
Jawed Sheikh
Directed by Aziz Jindani
Written byAziz Jindani
Kamran Khimani
Produced bySyed Falak
Edited by Various Artists
Shani Arshad (score)
Music byVarious artists
Shani Arshad (score)
Production CompanyTalisman Studios
Distributor Geo Films
Pantera Film

The Donkey King Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Urdu version
    • Afzal Khan as Jan Mangu, a washer-donkey who wants to be the king of Azad nagar
    • Hina Dilpazeer as Miss Fitna, a red fox who is personal secretary to the king
    • Ghulam Mohiuddin as Badshah Khan, a lion who is the king of Azadnagar
    • Adeel Hashmi as Shahzada Khan, the son of Badshah Khan
    • Faisal Qureshi as Breaking News Monkey anchor
    • Salman Saqib Sheikh as Rangeela, a chameleon
    • Jawed Sheikh as Changu, Mangu’s father
    • Ismail Tara as Pehalwan Chacha, Changu’s brother and Subadar a black rhinoceros
    • Shafaat Ali as Ronald Crump, a hippopotamus version of Donald Trump
    • Irfan Khoosat as Jamboora, a chimpanzee who is the media house owner; and Raftaar, a tortoise
    • Shabbir Jan as Sardar Chacha, a grizzly bear politician
    • Sahiba Afzal as Mangu’s love interest
    • Ahsan Rahim as Mr. Propaganda, a Siberian tiger
    • Irfan Malik as Panoti, a zebra
    • Ali Hassan as Raja Uncle
    • Zirgham Amir Khan as a Khota
    • TBA as Jake, a Hyena
  • English version
    • Kenny Knox as Mangu
    • Mark Dohner as Prince Shazad
    • Bobbi Hartley as Miss Fitna
    • Jay Synder as Badshah Khan
    • Mike Pollock as Changu
    • Tyler Bunch as Uncle Perry
    • Jason Yudoff as Jambora
    • Steve Tardio as Godzilla
    • Dave Wills as Zandar
    • Billy Bob Thompson as Monkey News Reporter
    • Rory Mac Kaplan as Bad Luck Brian
    • David McDonald as Rapid, Lando
    • Jim O’ Brian as Bull Bros
    • Starr Bursby as Rebecca Hippo


A lion decides that a new king shall take on the reins of Azad Nagar when he retires. When he retires a donkey is chosen as the king of Azad Nagar.

The Donkey King Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Worldwide CollectionRs. 40.20 crore (US$1.4 million)

About The Donkey King Movie:

The Donkey King is a Pakistani animated comedy film, directed by Aziz Jindani. The film features the voices of Jan Rambo, Ismail Tara, Hina Dilpazeer, Ghulam Mohiuddin, and Jawed Sheikh.

In August 2018, the first look of the animated film was released, directed by Aziz Jindani, developed and produced by Talisman Studios and Geo Films.

Jindani revealed that he had the idea of the film since 2003, and had started working on the film in 2013 while working on his Commander Safeguard animated series.

The film stars the voices of Jan Rambo, Ismail Tara, Hina Dilpazeer, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Shabbir Jan, Jawed Sheikh and others.

In 2016, Aziz founded Talisman Studios, an animation studio based in Karachi and begin the work on the Donkey King, the film was animated on Autodesk Maya & rendered on Fox Renderfarm.

The teaser of the film was released on August 20, and the trailer was released on September 23.

The Donkey King was released in Pakistan on 13 October 2018 by Geo Films and Talisman Studios. After its national success, it became the first Pakistani film to be dubbed into ten languages for multiple international theatrical releases, distributed worldwide by Annalisa Zanierato, for Pantera Film.

As of 2020, Donkey King had been released in ten countries worldwide with local dubbing. It became the first Pakistani film to be released in South Korea on 28 August 2019, and in Spain on 4 October 2019, where it was dubbed into three languages – Spanish, Catalan, and Basque – and released under the titles El Rey Burro, El Rei Ruc and Asto Erregea respectively at 50 screens across the country. It was released in Russia on 5 December with a Russian dub and across 100 screens in Turkey on 20 December in the Turkish dub. It was scheduled to be released in Colombia on 9 January 2020. It was also released in Peru on 13 February 2020. The film was released in China on 19 November 2021.

It is currently Pakistan’s highest-grossing animated feature film ever, and also one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films overall.

Prior to its release, a legal petition was made that demanded a ban on the film due to its title song making fun of the Raja caste. However, this was dismissed by the Islamabad High Court.

Another political controversy involved the resemblance of the position of lead character to prime minister Imran Khan so as to mock the term of the Prime Minister and his government. Videos related to the film also appeared online, but Geo Films and Talisman Studios clarified them legally.

The Donkey King had a world television premiere three days before Eid al-Fitr, in May 2020 on Geo Entertainment and Geo News. It was the most-watched television premiere in Pakistan.

On 23 June 2020, Janson Media released the trailer of The Donkey King where they told that it would be available for streaming on July 3; in UK, Canada, and the United States, the film is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the English language.