Narrated by Oscar nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, African Cats is a true story that follows two families of cats - lions and cheetahs. This true life adventure is directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, who also directed Disneynature’s Earth.
And to quote from the African Cats website:
“The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.”
African Cats was filmed on location in the Masai Mara in Kenya between August 2008 and October 2010. Filmed completely in the wild, all the stories presented in African Cats are true and depict a condensed telling of actual events.
I’ve seen the trailer for this movie, as well as other videos on the official African Cats website and I can truly say I can’t wait to see this film! At work I even have a photo of Sita and her babies as my desktop picture. Of course, for me the tough part might be witnessing these cats catch their prey, if that is part of the film - as I know it’s part of nature. I don’t like seeing any animal hunted, but I know that’s part of the circle of life.
If you’re planning to see the film, seriously consider going the opening week and help save the savanna and, in turn, help save the african cats. Disneynature is committed to contributing $0.20 per ticket to the African Wildlife Foundation (with a minimum of $100,000 pledged to the program) for all sales during opening week (April 22-28).
In addition, Walt Disney Records will be donating 20% of the proceeds collected from the sale of Jordin Sparks’ single “The World I Knew” between April 12, 2011 and April 12, 2012, to the African Wildlife Foundation.
There is also a line of jewelry inspired by the movie. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Africian Wildlife Foundation as well. You can check this line of jewelry out at: http://www.alexwoo.com.
Read my review: African Cats - Movie Review
To learn more about the film and view the trailer, as well as other short videos, visit the official website at: http://disney.go.com/disneynature/africancats.
To learn more about the African Wildlife Foundation, visit: http://awf.org.
© Melissa Knoblett-Aman