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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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Come face-to-face with the wildly majestic African lions of the savanna. See more »


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Did You Know?


The changing of the season vary by location. In Kenya there are two rainy seasons. One is about a month long and happens around November. The other is about six weeks long and takes place in March and April. From January through early March things can become very dry but the span from June through October things are far worse and place the greatest strain on wildlife. The reason for the two rains is because of the annual north / south circuit of an enormous mass of damp air that swings from the southern part of the Indian Ocean up to Asia and back again. The long rains happen on the trip north and the short rains happen on the trip south. The duration of the long dry season this mass of damp air swings south towards Antarctica. An interesting aspect of the rains there is that it will rain from the evening until around 9:00 a.m. and by 10:00 there is sunshine. Unlike the jungles of Asia, at least three quarters of each rainy season in East Africa enjoys sunshine each day. See more »

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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The World I Knew
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

A great look at one of the wildest places on earth.
20 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

Beautiful, stunning, mesmerizing, and plain awesome, African Cats is a wonderful film that will blow people away.

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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

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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