African Cats

Theatrical Release: April 22, 2011
DVD Release: October 4, 2011
African Cats


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.

Dove Review

2011 Crystal Dove Seal Award Winner for Best Documentary – “African Cats” takes you on a journey into the wild yet wonderful life of two families. While at times this movie shows the struggles faced by these amazing animals, it also shows the compassion of a mother’s love and her attempts to raise her young family in the midst of their turbulent surroundings. Disney does a wonderful job of showing their struggles including the thrill of the hunt. However, this is done in ways that should not frighten little ones. Many times do we see the chase and catch but not the actual kill as these ferocious cats catch their dinner.

With beautiful cinematography and moving narration, this film is a sure bet to entertain family members of all ages. Dove is pleased to award “African Cats” our “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Several types of animals are shown either being chased or chasing others for territory or food. Each "hunt" is shown tastefully with very little blood.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Disney
Director: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey
Producer: Keith Scholey
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 89 min.
Industry Rating: G
Starring: Narrator Samuel L. Jackson
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe