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African Cats (2011)

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Meet Mara, an endearing lion cub striving to be like her mother; Sita, a cheetah and single mother of five; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion.


Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill (co-director)


Keith Scholey (narration written by), John Truby (narration written by) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Stewart ... Narrator (voice)


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. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, 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 rival lion and his sons.

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In an untamed land, every mother has one mission: protect her family. See more »


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Crazy Credits

During the entire run of the end credits, animals (shown in short clips) have been "credited" for being part of the production stuff, including, but not limited to:

  • Wildebeest: A Supporting Cast of Thousands
  • Topi: Extras Coordinator
  • Aardvark: Fight Choreography
  • Jackson's Widowbird: Dance Choreography
  • Masai Ostrich: Costume Design
  • Male Cheetahs: Best Boys
  • Warthog: Hair and Make Up
  • Masai Giraffe: Crane Operators
  • Kori Bustard: Stylist
  • Additional Memory Provided by African Elephant
  • Bohor Reedbuck: Motion Control Unit
  • Secretary Bird: Script Supervisor
  • Ground Hornbill: Prosthetics
  • Yellow-billed Stork: Set Dresser
  • Underwater Photography by Hippopotamus
  • Tawny Eagle: Aerial Unit
  • Impala: Location Alarm Systems
  • Acting Stripes Earned by Burchell's Zebra
  • Cape Buffalo: Lion Producers
  • Hooded Vulture: Carrion Baggage Coordinator
  • Laughter Track Provided by Spotted Hyena
  • Hearts Stolen by Baby Elephant
  • Cattle Egret: Heron Make Up
  • Nile Crocodile: Catering Services
  • Black Rhinoceros: Security Patrol Unit
  • Ruppell's Griffon Vulture: Assistant to Mr Fang
  • Thomson's Gazelle: Assistant to Ms Sita
  • Serval: Ms Sita's Stunt Double
  • Leopard Tortoise: Fall Guy
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Alternate Versions

In the U.S. version Samuel L. Jackson narrates while Patrick Stewart narrates the U.K. version. See more »


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Written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Dean Josiah (as Dean 'Inflo' Wynton Josiah)
Performed by Jordin Sparks Thomas
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User Reviews

More than you expect!
28 April 2011 | by hpoirot88See 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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Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,003,200, 24 April 2011

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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