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 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 once banished lion.
One of the few benefits of being British is that we have been blessed with great wildlife documentaries for several decades now (most from the BBC and fronted by the great David Attenborough). These series’ always strike the perfect balance between being educational, entertaining and inspiring and based on the evidence of Disney’s African Cats it is obviously not a balance that is easily achieved.
Disappointingly, educational content makes way for developing a narrative that anthropomorphizes the cats to make them more relatable to the audience. However, it is a cheap and pointless trick that drastically limits the film’s impact. In the UK the documentary is narrated by Patrick Stewart (unlike the original US version with Samuel L Jackson) and…
I want a baby cheetah!
I always find beauty in nature, and this documentary proved just how amazing it is. Narrated by none other than Samuel Jackson, this story follows two lion prides, and a mother Cheetah and her cubs. The trials and survival skills that these animals go through to stay alive and protect their family is heartwarming and fascinating. It even got me all teary eyed seeing the bond that these mothers have with their cubs. Beautifully shot as often Disney does with these types of films. A most for any animal and nature lover.
Beautifully shot and well narrated.
DisneyNature documentary and seriously awesome! Seriously sad, too, as most nature docs are, but I loved the narrative they put together. Plus, CHEETAH BABIES!!!
I have a little kids view on nature documentories: I want the fairy tales. I don't want animals to die. I know nature is harsh but it's painful to watch.
Oh yeah, and I want a baby cheetah
"Vanaf het moment dat de indrukwekkende, zwartgemaande leeuw Kali en zijn zoons hun zinnen hebben gezet op de kroon, zit je als rechtgeaarde liefhebber van Shakespeariaanse natuurdrama’s het leeuwendeel van de tijd bijna op het puntje van je stoel."
¨The hunters became the hunted.¨
It's hard not to like a movie with lion and cheetah cubs running around in their natural habitat, and learning alongside their loving mothers how to survive in the dangerous environment of the Kenyan savanna. Disney Nature brings us a new wildlife documentary after the successful Earth which debuted in 2007. Alastair Fothergill is the director once again although this time he has a collaborator: Keith Scholey and the focus is primarily set on the wild cats. The film is beautifully shot and each scene is breathtaking. For those of us who can`t afford a safari to Africa, this is as close as we will get to these wild animals running around freely without bars…
The thing that kept coming into my mind as I watched African Cats is “Boy, I miss Meerkat Manor.” I know that Animal Planet show isn’t the first show/film to try and anthropomorphize animals or even the best one, but sitting through four seasons with those adorable rodents really embedded that formula into my brain. African Cats plays with the same formula. It attributes names to the animals so that we can follow that animal’s storyline (although I can never tell one lion / cheetah / meerkat from another). Then it builds drama and suspense though a voiceover that tells us what the animals are doing, are feeling and their motives for what they do. The voiceover also reminds us…
Unlike most nature documentaries this has a cohesive and tight narrative which is voiced by Samual L. Jackson. I was amazed at how much I got sucked into the story and actually cared about the "characters". It's a bit cheesy at times but it's made for families. The music is beautiful and the shots are too. This is a must watch in HD to fully appreciate the beauty and detail. I'd like to see a documentary on the making of this documentary; I don't know how many times I said "how did they get that shot?"
This documentary follows two mother cats, a lion and a cheetah, as they try to protect their cubs on the African savanna.
Adults who have even a minimal layman's knowledge of these magnificent animals will probably not get much new information, but they will be treated to incredible visuals that will unfortunately lose much of their power on most home screens. Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey have really captured some extraordinary images. Children are likely to be captivated. My own four-year-old son was challenged a bit by the 90 minute running time, but was frequently drawn in by what was on the screen and finally declared it to be "so much fun." The narration features the anthropomorphism and sentimentality that plague so many Disney nature films (i.e., "To Mara, Fang is the best daddy ever"), but the essential quality of the filmmakers' work shines through.
Als Tierfilm betrachtet ist “Im Reich der Raubkatzen” ein schöner Film. In tollen Bildern werden einem die Natur und der Lebensraum der Wildkatzen näher gebracht und gerade den Tierbabys kann man einen gewissen Niedlichkeitsfaktor nicht absprechen.
Aber: Warum wird verzweifelt versucht dem Leben in der Natur eine menschliche Seele aufzudrücken? Warum vermittelt man so ausgetretene Bilder von guten und bösen Tieren? Und warum wiederholt man in der Erzählung immer und immer wieder dieselben Aussagen? Gerade der letze Aspekt stört den Filmgenuss doch ungemein, fühlt man sich doch dadurch stellenweise wie einer der vielen schlechten Scripted Reality Shows. Klar, dem jüngeren Publikum wird es so leichter fallen bestimmte Handlungsmuster zu verstehen, aber ganz ehrlich ein “jetzt ist Mara allein” weniger hätte…
I am so happy a docu-film like this exists. I fell in love with the narrative. It as great to see these cats grow in the wild, adapt, hunt, everything!