22 April 2011

Disney’s African Cats in theaters for Earth Day

In the last several months there have been some amazing films released about animals, and now as a gift from Disney in honor of Earth Day, Disney's “African Cats” is opening in theaters today.

The film is the latest documentary in Disney’s DisneyNature label, which was responsible for the visually stunning “Earth” in 2009 and last year’s equally impressive “Oceans.”  African Cats was shot over two years by acclaimed wildlife directors Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill on location in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, Africa.

Narrated by Samuel Jackson, the film follows the day to day lives of two families of African cats, a pride of lions led by a fearsome Fang, and the lithe cheetah named Sita and her newborn cubs. The feline families struggle to raise their young and survive on the lean, mean African savannah.

Disney will donate a portion of the proceeds from opening week’s sales to the African Wildlife Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to help protect lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savannah.

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Photo credit: African Cats