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African Cats -- A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
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African Cats -- A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
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Writers:
Keith Scholey (written by) &
John Truby (written by)
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Release Date:
22 April 2011 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild. | Add synopsis »
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3 nominations See more »
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Surprisingly rousing, effortlessly entertaining and awesome to behold See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Samuel L. Jackson ... Narrator (voice: USA version)

Patrick Stewart ... Narrator (voice: UK version)
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Directed by
Alastair Fothergill 
Keith Scholey 
 
Writing credits
Keith Scholey (written by) &
John Truby (written by)

Produced by
Don Hahn .... executive producer: Disneynature
Jane Hamlin .... associate producer
Connie Nartonis Thompson .... associate producer
Keith Scholey .... producer
Alix Tidmarsh .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
 
Cinematography by
Sophie Darlington 
Simon Werry 
 
Film Editing by
Martin Elsbury 
 
Production Management
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Jonny Crew .... sound assistant
James Glenton .... sound mix technician
Matthew Gough .... sound re-recording mixer
Kate Hopkins .... sound editor
Philip Jenkins .... foley editor
Tim Owens .... sound editor
Johnathan Rush .... sound mix technician
David Turner .... sound studio manager
Andrew Wilson .... foley artist
Andrew Wilson .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Dan Scott .... dialogue recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Donald Dowd .... compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Werry .... aerial cinematographer
 
Editorial Department
Dan Clamp .... technical manager
David Johnston .... digital intermediate editor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
 
Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music producer
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Peter Cobbin .... score recordist
Greg Hooper .... orchestrator
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Alastair King .... conductor
Alastair King .... orchestrator
Charles Sladdin .... musician
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Monica Zierhut .... vp, music production
 
Other crew
Maggie Gisel .... production support
Rachel James .... production accountant
Rebecca Murden .... di assistant
Lauren Rondou .... production assistant (2011)
 

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USA:89 min | Argentina:89 min
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly rousing, effortlessly entertaining and awesome to behold, 3 December 2011
Author: tkksilvergun from Glasgow

Disney Nature's new documentary could definitely have been more imaginatively titled, but it's still an impressively mounted experience for wildlife lovers, and feline fanatics especially. The film-makers forego an information-filled Attenborough-style narrative, instead favoring the incongruous delights of Samuel L Jackson regaling us with a 'true life adventure' like some hoary old story-teller reading from a children's tome. Some may find this non-scientific approach condescending, but there's no denying the film offers visual spectacle on an epic scale and an intimate, involving account of life for these surprisingly vulnerable killers.

Fang is an aging lion struggling to look after his pride while contending with the usurping efforts of some younger competition. His sheba is trying to do the best for her cub Mara, stuck between her loyalty to Fang and the security that the more virulent lions on the other side of the river might offer. As the two groups come to blows over food, territory and leadership, it becomes clear that Fang's days may be numbered. Meanwhile, Sita is a cheetah with five rambunctious cubs, who are prized as coveted meals for many of the animals sharing their domain. Her efforts to protect, feed and teach them put her in mortal danger not only from enemies from other species but also their own.

As the beautifully captured seasons come and go, drastically affecting the awesome landscape, we witness the cats face many hardships despite being so high up in their food chain. Motion capture and slo-mo are judiciously deployed to generate wonder and tension, with the film's narrowed focus really giving the audience time to appreciate the African countryside, while several sequences of our subjects in peril prove as heart-stopping as a well-orchestrated horror movie. The soundtrack also adds to the atmosphere despite being somewhat predictably crafted and employed. The stories of the lions and the cheetahs are nicely balanced and bring some dynamic variety to the footage; the bigger cats are as impressive and noble as you'd expect, but the cheetahs often steal the show, thanks to the cubs' undeniable cuteness and Sita's mind-boggling multi-tasking prowess and intelligence.

Jackson really does attack his narration with all the relish of a new father indulging his kids at bedtime, making Daniel Craig's po-faced voice-over for the recent One Life film seem joyless and disheartening in comparison. The use of character names does actually help the audience keep track of the cats, even though the attempts to characterize them are sometimes laid on a little too thick. Keith Scholey and John Truby's script invests proceedings with even more humor and pathos than they would already have, and for the most part directors Scholey and Alastair Fothergill know just when to let the action speak for itself. There's also a cringe-worthy but amusing credit roll, where the various animals are assigned appropriate film-making roles; giraffes posing as crane operators are just the tip of the iceberg. It's something of a novelty but also represents icing on the cake for a film that has been more lovingly assembled than you might expect.

Cynics will point to the film's release coinciding with that of The Lion King to accuse Disney of trying to fleece families, while some will find the child-friendly voice-over cloyingly sentimental, but it marks a bit of a change for cinematic nature documentaries and at least they had the good sense to stick to 2D. Cat-lovers young and old will be delighted with this release, and it truly deserves to be experienced on the big screen. By concentrating so steadfastly on such a particular topic, Disney have made a wonderfully immersive and invigorating film, even if it's not particularly enlightening. The film may gloss over its stars' violent nature and assemble footage in a way that manipulates audience sympathy while slightly toning down the harsh reality, but African Cats is an unexpected pleasure to behold, coming as a breath of fresh air in an often stuffily rarefied genre.

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