Official Disneynature's African Cats thread (updated 6/15 post #46)

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This thread will have the official information from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures regarding DisneyNature's African Cats.

This is Disney's latest true-life adventure film, rated G, to be released on Earth Day - April 22, 2011. The film will be narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson.

Description from Disney:
An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features 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. DisneyNature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
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Sita and cubs on termite mound Ph: Keith Scholey ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Sita with a panorama of Africa behind her. Ph: Keith Scholey ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Fang facing off against a crocodile. Ph: Owen Newman ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

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Ph: Owen Newman ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Ph: Owen Newman ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Ph: Owen Newman ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

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Ph: Keith Scholey ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Ph: Natasha Breed ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Ph: Marguerite Smits Van Oyen ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

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DisneyNature announces collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation to help save the savanna during “African Cats’” opening week April 22-28, 2011

DisneyNature announced plans to collaborate with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) on a program to celebrate the release of the new DisneyNature feature film “African Cats.” the program, “see ‘African Cats,’ save the savanna” was revealed in Nairobi, Kenya, during AWF’s 50th anniversary celebration. During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the organization 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 National Parks, that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.

“with its honest portrayal of life on the African savanna, ‘African Cats’ reveals the brilliance of the animals who live there,” said Alan Bergman, President, the Walt Disney Studios. “we are committed to helping the African Wildlife Foundation establish this protective corridor, building upon previous enormously successful conservation efforts from the DisneyNature label.”

“the African Wildlife Foundation is proud to work so closely with DisneyNature on the release of ‘African Cats,’” said Patrick Bergin, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation. “We are celebrating 50 years of working with the people of Africa to ensure the wildlife and these wild lands endure forever; extending the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor will be a great step forward in these efforts.”

The film, which will be released in theaters worldwide, opens in North America on April 22, 2011. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are already available in the United States by calling 1-888-disney6.
 
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    In this video, Directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey describe the characters and concept behind African Cats. What they call, "one of the greatest natural history spectacles on our planet."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u80R81hTfw


    (L-R) Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey Ph: Cécile Burban ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
     

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    The pictures are beautiful!

    We have been waiting to see this since we first saw a preview back in December.

    Can't wait.
     
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    In this video, Disney Channel stars Tiffany Thornton and Brandon Mychal Smith share more details on the cats who are the stars of "African Cats."


    Ph: Marguerite Smits Van Oyen ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow this link to see the clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5gJEEM4Z40


    Ph: Owen Newman ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
     

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    DisneyNature released a new video clip with Samuel L. Jackson's narration to introduce Fang and his pride (including cubs).


    Ph: Owen Newman ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow the link below to see the clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB9p3-KknLA


    Ph: Keith Scholey ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
     

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    DisneyNature released a new video clip showing Sita's cheetah cubs confronting an ostrich.


    Cheetah brothers Ph: Keith Scholey ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow the link below to view the video clip.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkVBG4h1WUY


    Sita ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


    Ph: Cécile Burban ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
     

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    Jordin Sparks revealed her new song "The World I Knew" is the theme for DisneyNature's African Cats.

    From Walt Disney Studios:

    For the end credit song, filmmakers called on “American Idol” winner and platinum-selling recording artist Jordin Sparks to sing “The World I Knew,” which was written by hit songwriter/artist Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). Walt Disney Records is doing its part to help Save the Savanna, donating 20 percent of net proceeds received from the sale of the Jordin Sparks single to the African Wildlife Foundation for each single sold between April 12, 2011, and April 12, 2012, with a maximum of $50,000 to be contributed to AWF.
    You can watch the video for the song in the link below.

    http://youtu.be/HKLgpEa7-yk
     

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    DisneyNature has released some new information about its "See African Cats: Save the Savanna" Program.

    From Walt Disney Studios:

    African Cats is still more than two weeks from opening on Earth Day, but moviegoers have already bought $1.7 million in tickets to see the movie during its opening week (April 22-28) and save the African savanna in the process.

    Thanks to the “See African Cats, Save the Savanna” initiative teaming up with the African Wildlife Foundation, Disneynature’s pledge to make a contribution in honor of everyone who sees the film opening week already translates to more than 9,500 acres of land within Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor—and that number continues to rise.

    “We are very impressed with the passion people are showing for ‘African Cats’—advance ticket sales for this film have surpassed both ‘Earth’ and ‘Oceans’ at this stage of the game, which shows how excited moviegoers are for both the movie and the ‘Save the Savanna’ initiative,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “The Amboseli Corridor is an essential passage utilized by so many animals in the African savanna. The advance ticket sales so far will allow Disneynature with African Wildlife Foundation’s assistance to conserve more than 9,500 acres of this passage—which equates to 19 Disney’s Animal Kingdoms, or nearly two-thirds the size of Manhattan—and we still have two weeks till opening day.”

    “The ‘See “African Cats,” Save the Savanna’ program transforms the movie going experience into tangible on-the-ground conservation action. The commitment of Disneynature combined with the passion of moviegoers will raise critical funds to conserve the land that the magnificent species featured in ‘African Cats’ call home,” said Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation. “Through this amazing collaboration, we celebrate our 50th Anniversary together with Disneynature and all the people who are helping establish the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor.”

    “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” continues DisneyNature’s conservation efforts, which began with its first release, “Earth” (2009), for which three million trees were planted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The program in support of “Oceans” (2010) helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of vital coral reef.
    For more information about the program, check out the following link.

    http://www.awf.org/content/solution/detail/4506/
     

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    Disney released a number of video clips from African Cats.

    In this clip, the mother cheetah Sita discovers "herding cats isn't easy."


    ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow the link below to view the video clip.

    http://youtu.be/WCIEmrN8ot4
     

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    Disney released a number of video clips from African Cats.

    This clip contains incredible closeup shots of newborn cheetah cubs.


    Sita’s cubs Ph: Marguerite Smits Van Oyen ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow the link below to view the video clip.

    http://youtu.be/bJjlWp8vzOA
     

    Mouse Skywalker

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    Disney released a number of video clips from African Cats.

    In this clip, Sita's cubs are now adolescents, and ready to play and hunt.


    Sita Ph: Marguerite Smits Van Oyen ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow the link below to view the video clip.

    http://youtu.be/cLhQQNvTrY4
     

    Mouse Skywalker

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    Disney released a number of video clips from African Cats.

    In this clip, a group of male lions make up "the most powerful force in the land."


    ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Follow the link below to view the video clip.

    http://youtu.be/cV4FRfE5r8s
     


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