African Cats (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

African Cats (2011)



Critic Consensus: It isn't quite as majestic as its subjects, but African Cats boasts enough astounding footage -- and a big enough heart -- to keep things entertaining.

Movie Info

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. 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 once banished lion. -- (C) Cinema-Sourcemore
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Oct 4, 2011
Box Office: $15.4M
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Critic Reviews for African Cats

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (19)

Hats off to the camera operators who have captured some astonishing wildlife imagery.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

the film is relatively bloodless and appropriate for all ages

Full Review… | August 24, 2013
7M Pictures

[G]orgeously photographed, astonishingly intimate... We have never seen lions and cheetahs like this before; you won't believe it can have been possible for cameras to get so close without disturbing the animals they're watching...

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
Flick Filosopher

The clarity of the footage is often breathtaking; watching the mother cheetah setting off on a run will have your own heart pounding in expectation.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012
Birmingham Post

It's Kiplingesque nursery ethology, and one distrusts the editing.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
Observer [UK]

A great story, shot throughout with infinite patience.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
This is London

Audience Reviews for African Cats


A decent family movie for parents to bring their kids to the theaters. It doesn't really offer anything about these felines that we have not seen before on the Discovery Channel but is still good fun, with nice images and great sound design.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

An attemp to bring back the wildlife disney adventures of 1960, that said, this movie can't hold a candle to those movies. 1 star

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This year's Earth Day nature documentary from Disney is a heart warming tale about two mothers, a lion and a cheetah. The film follows them as they raise and protect their young cubs from predators. Of course, the camera captures incredible footage of the packs, the environment, and these creatures in action. Every shot is edited together to create a story, almost like a scripted film, and it's quite wonderful.
My only complaint is that the film focuses a lot on hunting and the mothers protecting the young, not much else. I think in trying to create an actual narrative for the animals, one cannot help but feel the film does not depict the true reality of the environment. Oh well. All animal lovers, as well as those families looking for a good film to see over the Easter weekend will be pleasantly entertained. And Samuel L Jackson narrates, giving the film a Pulp Fiction type flavour - just kidding. But his voice commands the words and makes the story that much more compelling.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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