DisneyNature’s “African Cats”

DisneyNature’s “African Cats”

New conservation awareness movie shot in Kenya ramps up the adorable animal factor so be sure to bring a hankie.

DisneyNature’s “African Cats”
Two of the cast members of “African Cats” the new nature documentary from Disney.

Back in the day, people recognized Disney not only for its animation, but also for those endearing nature documentaries, renown for exceptional cinematography and an engaging storyline. Well, it looks like Disney is serious about bringing those nature movies back. It started with “Earth” in 2009, “Oceans” followed in 2010. This third movie, all with an underlying theme of conservation, is “African Cats” which opened at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on April 22.

When you’re Disney you can afford to hire the brightest and the best ― which appears to be the case in “African Cats.” Of course, the pristine projector and screen at the El Capitan doesn’t hurt, but still, the quality of the cinematography was breathtaking. You can almost reach out and touch the tawny fur of these magnificent savanna nomads.

Expect to get teary eyed as the true story unfolds, set against the backdrop of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a major game region in southwestern Kenya. The Maasai Mara is one of the few remaining places in Africa where lions, cheetahs and leopards live in large numbers and in close proximity.

Samuel L. Jackson provides the narrative about 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. “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.

During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna. The AWF will be working to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks frequently used by a variety of wildlife.

African CatsApril 22-May 16
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
Showtimes vary
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