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African Cats (2011)

G  |   |  Documentary, Adventure  |  22 April 2011 (USA)
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A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

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

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Felinos de África  »

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$6,003,200 (USA) (22 April 2011)


$15,415,270 (USA) (8 July 2011)

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28 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We often think of African wildlife documentaries as being dry, reiterated, or just clips of either cute baby animals or slow motion shots of the predator striking at it's prey. All under the dry narration of Sir David Attenborough or someone trying to sound like him. This is different.

The theme of "African Cats" is one of a mother's love, the setting is on a stretch of Kenya divided by a great river where on one side we are shown a lioness and her cubs as members of the ruling pride, on the other a mother cheetah and her cubs as she attempts to raise her young as a single mother. Each situation has it's benefits and it's disadvantages.

All of this wonderful story telling occurs amidst the beautiful scenery of Africa and all under the perfect narration of Samuel L. Jackson whose voice matches the inflection and emotion of every scene reminiscent of the work of the late John Facenda of NFL Films.

The movie does not try to out-do its predecessors and be more than it is, it stays to it's story and it's themes and makes for a wonderful film for anyone. From the kid who loves animals, to the casual film goer who enjoys a good story. 6 out of 10, check it out.

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