“African Cats” will be the third thrilling nature documentary from Disneynature. Disneynature was launched in 2008 as the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. Bringing together top nature filmmakers, the stories of wildlife survival and struggles are beautifully told and narrated.
In “African Cats,” you’ll enjoy the true stories of two wild cat families in the African Savanna – a cheetah family headed up by Sita (a single mother of 5 cubs), and a lion family including the pride leader, Fang, and an adorable lion cub named Mara.
Can you imagine watching a real life version of “The Lion King?”
Disneynature is collaborating with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to celebrate the Earth Day 2011 release of “African Cats,” with a special program. When you see African Cats, you can help save the Savanna during the film’s opening week (April 22-28). A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to help preserve habitat for African cats, as well as other wildlife in the savanna. Specifically, funds raised will be used by the AWF to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Parks, that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.
Similar campaigns were launched for the releases of “Earth” and “Oceans” in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Money donated through first week ticket sales led to the planting of 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, and established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, preserving essential coral reefs.
Disney expects important conservation results from “African Cats,” too. Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios, explained:
“With its honest portrayal of life on the African savanna, ‘African Cats’ reveals the brilliance of the animals who live there. We are committed to helping the African Wildlife Foundation establish this protective corridor, building upon previous enormously successful conservation efforts from the Disneynature label.”
“African Cats” will be released worldwide, and is set to open in North America on Earth Day 2011 (April 22). You can reserve tickets for groups of 20 or more for showings in the United States by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.
Did you know that Walt Disney is considered to be a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking? He produced 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1949), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.
Don’t miss Disneynature’s new movie, “African Cats,” coming Earth Day 2011!
For more information about Disneynature, check out disneynature.com.