African Cats

Synopsis: A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
Director(s): Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill (co-director)
Production: Disneynature
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

to stage an ambush.

The lionesses hunt as a team.

With Layla leading,

they slowly begin to close the trap.

Despite her aging body,

Layla is determined to help the pride.

Hunting is always dangerous.

Layla and her sisters must eat quickly

if they are to get

the reward they deserve.

Fang, the protector,

demands the lion's share.

For Layla, the hunt is a disaster.

A zebra's kick has injured her further.

Staying fit is critical for a lioness.

The pride cannot carry a female

who is too weak to hunt.

Something's wrong.

Kali and his sons are on patrol.

Lions are Sita's greatest enemy.

A male is more than five times her size.

As a single cheetah, she would flee.

But with dependent cubs,

she must hold her ground.

She is totally focused on Kali.

Incredibly, she's goading him.

It seems insane, but it's a trick.

She's drawing him away from her cubs.

Kali tires.

It worked.

His son, however, is more determined.

Sita is risking everything.

Her speed has won the day, for now.

Her terrified cubs

are scattered and lost, in danger

until they're back with their mother.

Time is not on their side.

The dark will cloak other predators.

It's a mother's worst nightmare.

Hyenas have taken two of her cubs.

They're gone forever.

The season is changing

and the pride lands are drying.

The great herds are moving on

in search of greener pastures.

They may be gone for a year or more.

With the herds gone,

the River Pride will struggle

to find food.

Layla is exhausted by her injuries.

Mara tries to comfort her mother,

but there is little she can do.

With the herds moving on,

the pride must follow.

Layla cannot go on.

She needs rest so her body can heal.

Mara faces a terrible choice,

stay with her mother

or follow the pride.

Layla calls to the pride and to Mara,

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Keith Scholey

Keith Scholey (born 24 June 1957 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) is a British producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema, and a former television executive. He co-directed African Cats and Bears with Alastair Fothergill for Disneynature. He is also the executive producer of the series 'North America' for the Discovery Channel. more…

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