The Meerkats 2008

The Meerkats

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A cheerful and cute - though never overly mawkish - nature-doc about... you guessed it... Meerkats.

73%

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80%

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Filmmaker James Honeyborne follows a young meerkat as it grows up in the Kalahari Desert.

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Critic Reviews for The Meerkats

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

  • Despite the involvement of a producer from the BBC's Natural History Unit and the late Paul Newman on voiceover duty, 'The Meerkats' is just another run-of-the-mill wildlife foray.

    August 7, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • The beauty and intimacy of the material they so painstakingly captured ultimately overrides the mawkish score and sentimental narration.

    August 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • "Even the wind has dust in its eyes," remarks Newman, at an especially weepy bit. Others may have trouble keeping them open.

    August 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The narrative lags some way behind the beautiful nature photography and the comical majesty of the meerkat on guard, poking his head above a hidey-hole like a periscope over a parapet. These pictures don't really need any words.

    August 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Has some good footage but is more Disney-anthropomorphic than Attenborough-authentic.

    August 11, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Like the real-life natural-world Disney features of yesteryear, there's a huge amount of entertainment to be had, especially for kids, although the imposition of a story and the attribution of various emotions to the creatures can get slightly cloying.

    August 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Meerkats

  • Jan 17, 2011
    the meerkats get there own movie, filmed in there natural enviroment in africa, and with footage a crafted story of survival, when a new bunch of arrivals are to be cared for, its also sad at times, especially a loss in there family, its all handled well, and paul newman narrating adds a lot,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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