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14 September 1955 (USA) See more »
Unstaged! Unrehearsed! Unbelievable! See more »
The Milotte's spend three years in Africa filming a lion. | Add synopsis »
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Winston Hibler ... Narrator

Directed by
James Algar 
Writing credits
James Algar  &
Winston Hibler  &
Ted Sears  &
Jack Moffitt 

Produced by
Ben Sharpsteen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
Cinematography by
Alfred Milotte (photographed by) (as Alfred G. Milotte)
Elma Milotte (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Norman R. Palmer  (as Norman Palmer)
Production Management
Erwin L. Verity .... production manager (as Erwin Verity)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound director
James MacDonald .... sound effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ub Iwerks .... special process
Joshua Meador .... animation effects
Art Riley .... animation effects
Music Department
Joseph Dubin .... orchestrator
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
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Also Known As:
"A True-Life Adventure: The African Lion" - USA (long title)
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75 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1957) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved | West Germany:6 (f)
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A must for all nature documentary fans, 29 March 2006
Author: richpowers

Really a superb nature documentary, a captivating watch. I can't think of a better film on the wild kingdom. Why isn't this available on video? This is not specifically a film about lions as it's title implies, this is a film about the African wild, untouched, with fascinating looks at the life and times a full variety of species including elephants, rhino's, giraffes, antelope, monkeys, leopards, and more..

Near the beginning, the narrator says; "This is Africa, The Lions Realm.." which would have been a more appropriate title. The film covers a lot of different species, and it does so in a way that enables the viewer to both absorb specific insights into the daily existence of individual creatures, while at the same time experience the essence of the wild as a whole.

Now admittedly, I love nature and wildlife type shows; and my opinion is that this production made over 50 years ago, is amongst kings of nature films.

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