African Cats
African Cats (2011)

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: October 4, 2011
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It isn't quite as majestic as its subjects, but African Cats boasts enough astounding footage -- and a big enough heart -- to keep things entertaining.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Hats off to the camera operators who have captured some astonishing wildlife imagery.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post

"African Cats" prefers less preaching and more heartstring-tugging. It works, of course, especially if you're trying to raise your own cubs to adulthood.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

the film is relatively bloodless and appropriate for all ages

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Anyone with a fondness for bambinos of any species should melt at the sight of mamas with nuzzling cubs.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

No doubt, life is tough in the wild but, this being a Disney flick, it's loving too and even comes with a kiddie-friendly narrative that's easy to summarize and hard to dispute.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[G]orgeously photographed, astonishingly intimate... We have never seen lions and cheetahs like this before; you won't believe it can have been possible for cameras to get so close without disturbing the animals they're watching...

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Not coincidentally, African Cats opens on Earth Day. Meeting these magnificent fellow creatures might be a fine way to celebrate.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Kids will love "African Cats," which is full of "aw" moments. Their parents will appreciate that narrator Samuel L. Jackson keeps things from getting too schmaltzy in this true-life depiction of the circle of life.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

The clarity of the footage is often breathtaking; watching the mother cheetah setting off on a run will have your own heart pounding in expectation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A decent family movie for parents to bring their kids to the theaters, this documentary doesn't offer anything about these felines that we haven't… More
Lenny Muggsy
I bless the rains down in Africa.
Bruce Bruce
An attemp to bring back the wildlife disney adventures of 1960, that said, this movie can't hold a candle to those movies. 1 star
Aaron Neuwirth
I think the aspect I enjoyed most about Disneynature's third major Earth Day release, African Cats, is how they tried to create a narrative through line… More
Edward Boxler
This year's Earth Day nature documentary from Disney is a heart warming tale about two mothers, a lion and a cheetah. The film follows them as they raise… More
Bradley J
Another Disneynature success, African Cats may lack the narration quality or ooing and ahing moments from Earth and Oceans, but African Cats stands on its own.… More

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