Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: African Cats

On Saturday my family had the opportunity to attend a preview screening of a new movie from Disney Nature- African Cats. In case you missed my previous post about this movie, here's a bit of information:
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. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, 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.

Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. For more information about the movie and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, check out

In my opinion, this movie is worth seeing, if just for the ridiculous cuteness of the cheetah cubs.  TOO adorable!  Overall the movie is really well made and very interesting- it really is like a real-life version of Lion King! As with any animal documentary, there are sad parts, but those are nicely balanced with many inspiring and light-hearted moments.  I really appreciated that, although there were hunting and fight scenes, these were kept brief and never showed any blood or gore.  My husband and I watched African Cats with our two kids (3 1/2 and 22 months) and there was nothing that bothered them in the movie.  If you have an older kid who is particularly sensitive to movies or a real animal lover, there may be some scenes that would bother that child, but not many.

Here are some clips from the movie, so you can check it out for yourselves!

African Cats opens Earth Day, April 22nd in theatres everywhere. For more information, visit the African Cats Facebook page.

Disclosure: My family attended this screening with complimentary passes. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.