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Disney's "African Cats" film - starts Fri Apr 22, Earth Day

Disney's "African Cats" film - starts Fri Apr 22, Earth Day

Apr 22nd, 2011, 06:13 PM
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We really enjoyed this movie. The photography was amazing!
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Apr 23rd, 2011, 05:58 AM
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Just loved the movie..brought back so manay memories & we just returned 3 weeks ago. KathBC...I too wonder about the 3 brothers? While we were on the Mara we watched as 3 cheetahs gave chase on a topi. The topi was able to escape being dinner but were they Sita's kids??? Guess I may never know but it really made me think!!!
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Apr 23rd, 2011, 08:18 AM
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About 4/yrs ago many were following Honey's boys, especially after she died. And, now everyone will be looking for Sita's. Some guides will have an idea where certain pairs, triplets or larger groups - elusive leopard mom with youngster, cheetah or lion prides - can be found, whether by their coloring and/or markings... you'll have lucked out. Otherwise, you'll be told what/who you see "is" (such-n-such) and unless you know better... that's it!
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Apr 23rd, 2011, 03:40 PM
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We saw one lone cheetah sitting alone on the savannah, very similiar to seeing Sita in the movie. Then in a different area we saw the 3, very obviously working together during the chase. We saw them sleeping prior to & watched them for sometime after they had given up. It just makes me wonder??????
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Apr 23rd, 2011, 07:46 PM
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Well it seems there will now be 2 sets of cheetah triplets in the Mara...Honey's & now Sita's. Ok most likely more than that but 2 sets that I'll be able to relate to something and besides it makes for a better story!!

These animals make me absolutely melt so I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled while in the Mara.
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Apr 24th, 2011, 07:03 AM
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KathBC,

On the way back from a game drive to Porini Lion Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy last August our spotter showed us the "3 famous brothers" (see link) and he said they were "TV stars" which I assumed he meant they were Honey's sons from Big Cat Diary.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/5412508...7626566451872/

Good news is that Big Cat Diary is playing reruns on Animal Planet HD from 6am-7am EST each day (set your DVR).
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Apr 24th, 2011, 10:46 PM
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Aaaaww dontcha just wanna cuddle up with them???
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Apr 25th, 2011, 12:57 PM
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Cute yes... cuddle, nope!
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Apr 25th, 2011, 01:51 PM
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Great movie-I saw it twice and everyone in the theater seemed to enjoy the film. Suspense and good music, I am really looking forward to Tanzania in June!
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Apr 26th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Glad to hear so many of you made it out to opening weekend and enjoyed the film! Keep sharing your reviews, I'm loving what I'm hearing!

Did anybody end up earning a GetGlue "Opening Weekend" or "Box Office" sticker? Let me know!
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Apr 26th, 2011, 01:57 PM
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"GetGlue" - do we really need to tempt the children?

Just back from afternoon showing. But for the narrative which was geared to the little ones (had to remind myself, "it's Disney*") enjoyed and it'll hold me till I return later in the year. Needless to say, the credits were great... guess that was for the adults, though most didn't hang around to watch them.

Job well done!

*interesting too, that the coming attractions were all child-friendly
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Apr 26th, 2011, 08:03 PM
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Excellent film, although nothing really new about it, been seeing same on TV specials for years. But I especially liked the aerial shots/scenes. Carolyn liked film more than I, although that sort of surprised me. Because of a -lot- of tension about what will happen to the cubs (of both cats). She can not stand the thought of tiny little cubs killed !!!!

We saw it on big screen at an AMC theater at Downtown Disney which is adjacent to Disneyland CA. A large screen, stadium seating theater. I mention this because I was little, just a bit, disappointed in the projection. The image was a tiny bit "dim". I also felt the color to be a tiny bit under "saturated". But Carolyn though it was fine. Anyone else?

I would like to see a film about the making of it. I find the process of making the "product" as intesting as the "product". The film "Winged Migration" was like that for me. A wonderful film with fantastic footage. And the film about how they spent years training and following birds I found just as enthralling as the final cut.

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ps - like sandi, also loved the credits
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Apr 27th, 2011, 06:23 AM
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We went to see it Monday. My kids have both been to Africa so they already have some knowledge of the animals but the film showed stuff it must take years to see. The fighting aardvarks!!!! How amazing was that. I would have liked to see a little more of them since they are rare as pangolins . Of course, most people wouldn't appreciate how rare it is to see them much less see them fighting.

The action captured was 5*. The giraffes necking, the lions calling each other, fighting, greeting, playing and those cute little cheetah babies. And those horrible hyenas and the wildebeest and zebras. Pretty amazing stuff.

It was a beautiful film and shooting early morning and late evening made it even more so. Some (many!) of the scenes were just breathtaking, especially the sunrises/sunsets. More than once I wished I was shooting next the camera people.

I remember in Kenya in 2009 being on the Governor's side of the Mara River seeing quite a few male lions high on the bank on the other side of the river. We were all hoping for a crossing. I wonder if it was Kali and his sons. The lions even walked down to the water and we wondered if they would try to cross the river. I'll have to look at my pics although they were very far away even with a 500mm lens.

I'm with Tom. I would LOVE to see a film on the making of this film. They must have boatloads of footage they didn't use.
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Apr 27th, 2011, 12:55 PM
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... yeh, how was it made; the out-takes could make for another movie! With "adults" in mind!

Considering how many spotters they had out for the duration, kudos to the Rekero folks and others for a job well done. Asante sana!
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Apr 27th, 2011, 02:33 PM
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There is a Disney book about the film "African Cats: The Story Behind the Film", - http://tinyurl.com/3ofmb2t , $23 at Amazon. I saw the book at bookstore next to the AMC theater, good size pages, 180 pages, looked interesting.

regards - tom
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May 1st, 2011, 09:40 AM
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Been quite a while since I have participated in this forum. Just saw "African Cats". Enjoyed it very much. Very cool to recognize many of the places we had visited in the Masai Mara.

Have been a big fan of "Honey's Boys" over the years. Fun to see them in the movie, depicted as bullies. Interesting in that I believe someone had posted what I believe is the same clip on YouTube a year or two ago.

What are the "real names", weird that wild animals have names but that is a luxury of the Masai Mara and its resident game, of the cats in the movie. I facebooked Joseph Kimojino of Mara Conservancy and he said "Sita" in the movie is actually Shakira the cheetah. I had not heard she had had some many cubs. What is name of "Fang" and the other male lions depicted? Had not heard of so many males banding together in the Mara.

Also, I saw the movie in a digital projection theater. Absolutely spectacular!

Kevin from California

P.S. Sandy, thanks for starting this thread. You appear to still be a great participant here.
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May 1st, 2011, 10:53 AM
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Just saw "African Cats" and enjoyed it. The film had some great images (e.g., all the billowing dust as wildebeest come down hillside to cross river, fighting aardvarks, tete-a-tete between lion and croc). Recently saw the Jouberts' "The Last Lions" and thought it packed a bit more of a punch, so I strongly recommend their film as companion viewing if it's anywhere near you. First thing that comes to mind after these films is getting on a jet and heading back to Africa! Steve
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May 1st, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Oh, yeah. As KathB says, great credits showing which animals served as production assistants.
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May 1st, 2011, 12:30 PM
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Hi, Kevin. I noticed you hadn't been posting. Do you have a trip on the horizon?
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May 1st, 2011, 01:40 PM
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Nice to hear from you again Kevin.

Haven't seen the Joubert movie yet, but I'd expect theirs to be outstanding (they always are) and geared to the adult audience.
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