Review of African Cats
April 22, 2011
by Our Kids
African Cats is an amazing testiment to the wild animals that we meet in the film. It follows the River Pride, consisting of six lioness and their cubs, plus leader and protector Fang. Layla, the lioness who is the hunting leader, is fiesty but aging. Her primary aim lies in raising Mara, her lion cub by pride leader Fang. Mara is, like most lion cubs curious and loyal. She loves her mother and spends her days snuggling and playing with her. But with Layla injured and the threat of lions north of the river, her future is in jeopardy.
Through the film, you'll follow this pride, learning how they hunt, feed and take care of one another. You'll watch in awe as you see the lioness' work together to hunt but to also defend Fang against attacks from Kali and his sons from the north.
North of the river lives Sita the single Cheetah. Unlike the lion pride, Sita lives alone and is busy raising her five cubs. You'll ohh and ahh at how a-dor-able these cubs are! Sita is faced with the task of feeding and caring for her cubs. At times she has to leave them to find food, oftentimes putting the cubs in danger from hyenas, lions and other animals. She will defend them to the bitter end.
Separating the lions and cheetahs is a river (which I wish they would have named)! During the wet season, this river rises and is infested by crocodiles. Kali and his four sons want to take over Fang's pride. In order to do so he must cross this river and he'll make a break for it as the river dries up. You'll have to see the film to find out what happens, but it is an incredible tale to watch.
There is no greater bond than that of mother and child, demonstrated beautifully in this film through the lions and cheetah. African Cats is an epic tale that truly hones in on this unique and wonderful bond.
African Cats is rated G and runs 89 minutes. Our Kids recommends the film for ages 5 and up. Children might be scared by the loud roars. There was never any gore in the film, only innuendo when an animal died. As always, take into consideration your child's sensitivities.
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