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African Cats (2011)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 50
Rotten: 20

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 3

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 17,222


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-Source

Documentary , Action & Adventure , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Oct 4, 2011
Box Office:
Disneynature - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for African Cats

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (20) | DVD (2)

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

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

Anyone with a fondness for bambinos of any species should melt at the sight of mamas with nuzzling cubs.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Not coincidentally, African Cats opens on Earth Day. Meeting these magnificent fellow creatures might be a fine way to celebrate.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

"African Cats" prefers less preaching and more heartstring-tugging. It works, of course, especially if you're trying to raise your own cubs to adulthood.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

No doubt, life is tough in the wild but, this being a Disney flick, it's loving too and even comes with a kiddie-friendly narrative that's easy to summarize and hard to dispute.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Kids will love "African Cats," which is full of "aw" moments. Their parents will appreciate that narrator Samuel L. Jackson keeps things from getting too schmaltzy in this true-life depiction of the circle of life.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
New York Post
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

It is beautifully shot - the super slo-mo scenes of Sita running are amazing.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Sun Online

Some nice moments here, but this is a film that looks like a kids' TV featurette from an earlier age.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012

Of course the photography is second to none - no sense of hidden cameras here, more a feeling of cranes and on-set catering.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Financial Times

An attempt the dramatise the animal world which just feels cheap and unworkable. A drag.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Little White Lies

Providing a feast of kills, confrontations and capering cubs while keeping on-screen gore to a minimum, nature lovers of all ages will get their fill.

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
Sky Movies

Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this is beautifully shot if a tad toothless. Nothing to upset tots.

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
Daily Express

The wildlife is beautifully photographed, and the film is stentorianally narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012

A wealth of visually stunning, strikingly intimate, and intensely dramatic footage of these creatures in their beautiful natural habitat.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012

The first entry in the DisneyNature series that's pitched at youngsters rather than a general audience, despite some intense footage.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

In the animal kingdom's kill-or-be-killed world, the predators and prey are framed with a clarity and precision that would serve as an invaluable lesson to any aspiring cinematographer.

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
Film Threat

An absolute must-see for fans of roar footage.

Full Review… | October 19, 2011
Total Film

It's beautiful to behold, but too fluffy to broaden younger minds.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Empire Magazine

Granted, not even Morgan Freeman could make the African Cats narration endurable, but Jackson really suffers his way through it, alternating between cloyingly overplaying things and rattling off sentences in a bored monotone.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011

This Disneynature production can proudly take its place alongside Walt's finest live-action documentary features.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011

Audience Reviews for African Cats


A decent family movie for parents to bring their kids to the theaters, this documentary doesn't offer anything about these felines that we haven't seen before on the Discovery Channel but it is good fun, with nice imagery and good sound.

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

I bless the rains down in Africa.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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