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African Cats (2011)



Critic 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.

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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 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. -- (C) Cinema-Source

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Critic Reviews for African Cats

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (31)

A great story, shot throughout with infinite patience.

April 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Some nice moments here, but this is a film that looks like a kids' TV featurette from an earlier age.

April 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Of course the photography is second to none - no sense of hidden cameras here, more a feeling of cranes and on-set catering.

April 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An attempt the dramatise the animal world which just feels cheap and unworkable. A drag.

April 26, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

December 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's beautiful to behold, but too fluffy to broaden younger minds.

October 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for African Cats


A decent family movie for parents to bring their kids to the theaters. It doesn't really offer anything about these felines that we haven't seen before on the Discovery Channel but is still good fun, with nice images and a great sound design.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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 and protect their young cubs from predators. Of course, the camera captures incredible footage of the packs, the environment, and these creatures in action. Every shot is edited together to create a story, almost like a scripted film, and it's quite wonderful. My only complaint is that the film focuses a lot on hunting and the mothers protecting the young, not much else. I think in trying to create an actual narrative for the animals, one cannot help but feel the film does not depict the true reality of the environment. Oh well. All animal lovers, as well as those families looking for a good film to see over the Easter weekend will be pleasantly entertained. And Samuel L Jackson narrates, giving the film a Pulp Fiction type flavour - just kidding. But his voice commands the words and makes the story that much more compelling.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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