7.4/10
1,224
6 user 16 critic

Meerkats: The Movie (2008)

The Meerkats (original title)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
An inspiring exploration of one family's resilience and fortitude shot using innovative and groundbreaking filming techniques.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (narration)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chimpanzee (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Stars: Tim Allen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The mysterious lives of flamingos are captured on film with a birds-eye view of the animals living in Africa.

Directors: Matthew Aeberhard, Leander Ward
Stars: Zabou Breitman, Mariella Frostrup, Karoline Herfurth
Bears I (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, and 1 more credit »
Stars: John C. Reilly
Earth (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Anggun, James Earl Jones
Meerkat Manor (TV Series 2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This is a documentary drama series which follows a meerkat family in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa, called the Whiskers.

Stars: Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill
Stars: Tina Fey
African Cats (2011)
Documentary | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart
Oceans (2009)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jacques Perrin, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
One Life I (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Stars: Daniel Craig, Koert-Jan de Bruijn
Bears (2004)
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

From black bears in Montana to polar bears in the arctic, Bears features a fresh view of these powerful, majestic and often misunderstood animals in the full glory of their natural habitat,... See full summary »

Director: David Lickley
Stars: Tyrone Benskin
Deep Blue (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The natural history of the oceans

Directors: Andy Byatt, Alastair Fothergill
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Michael Gambon, David Attenborough
Big Cat Diary (TV Series 1996)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Come along on an adventure with Jonathan Scott, Simon King, and other professionals and camera crews as they journey through the Masai Mara game park in Kenya, Africa. In their travels they... See full summary »

Stars: Simon King, Jonathan Scott, Saba Douglas-Hamilton
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Teller (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rufus Beck ...
Narrator (Russian release) (voice)
Edit

Storyline

An inspiring exploration of one family's resilience and fortitude shot using innovative and groundbreaking filming techniques.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

meerkat | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Heroes so small they have to be seen on the big screen. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 August 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Família Suricata  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Stern TV: Episode dated 5 November 2008 (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beauty in the Kalahari, beauty in us
13 January 2013 | by (Fukuoka, Japan) – See all my reviews

Don't let the cutesy cover picture deceive you—this is a phenomenal film. Far beyond a mere wildlife documentary, this is a full feature film with a storyline, action, and drama. Heroes and villains. Family. Culture. War. Play. It's all remarkably human. Or—rather it's that the human experience is understanding of the universal. It's the feeling that we are animals, too. We are one with the life around us, part of a huge family, clearly related, that our similarities remain after eons of evolution.

Meerkats of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa are the spotlight of this film. But you are absorbed into the Kalahari—not only the macro world of the meerkats (only about a foot/30cm tall) but also the surrounding community of scorpions, cobras, eagles, rhinoceroses, lions, and more making their lives in the dust and scrub of the beautiful landscape.

Supported by a full team of expert scientists, the film offers amazing insights into both meerkats and the surrounding life of the Kalahari. We learn about their language and behaviors. Their struggles. We watch them teach and raise their young. The film makes the beauty of nature and life so accessible that one feels a swell of respect for life of all kinds.

The Meerkats gives us a hint of the coming films that capture the stories existing in nature around us—now with the support of a Hollywood-level budget. Innovative filming techniques bring us right in with amazing cinematography. Infrared lighting systems convey us into underground burrows at night, watching the meerkats sleep and wake up as well as a cobra's dramatic underground tunnel attack. Brilliant ground-breaking audio gives us not animal calls but the fine detail of movements, even that of walking insects. Together with the magnetic main characters, alluring score, and an excellent script with a moving storytelling by Paul Newman and you've got one pleasant movie experience.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
UK Release Date ? quigonobi
Just saw it ... RenlyStannis
Fantastic movie!!! sunshine_caress
Does any one know when this will be released in the US adenton-3
First Post! kgtgirl
Is it related to Meerkat Manor? paulholm
Discuss Meerkats: The Movie (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?