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Well Jozua Judah has done it again!!!!!! Read the awesome review of the Disney Film African Cats below

 

 

By Jozua Judah

Release Date: 3 August 2011

 

Directed By Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey

 

Narrator:

Samual L. Jackson

 

Genre: Wildlife Documentary 

Classification: G

Running Time: 89min

 

Our first review for Isibani is a call to adventure, where strength, agility and calculated risks come together in a stunning display of survival. Not surprising though that African Cats may very well be my first time big screen documentary experience  as I try to recall when last I saw this type of film. The Production house behind the film is Disneynature which sees its 3rd release, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, following the release of Oceans. It also features a song “The World I Knew” by Season Six American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

 

Living and breathing in Africa, one can appreciate its splendour afresh and anew with the absolute cinematic grandeur of the grass lands in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The documentary film follows two stories, one of a cheetah called Sita who is raising five cheetah cubs . Then there is Layla, a lioness raising her young cub in a pride who is under pressure from a hostile takeover, the wild life version. Fang, the male lion and protector of Layla’s pride lives one side of the river while Kali, his nemesis lives on the other with his five sons.  Kali is looking for every opportunity to cross this barrier to take over the pride of Fang. In this documentary we see these two worlds collide as cheetah & lioness must pit themselves against natures odds for their own survival and that of their cubs. 

 

This “true life adventure” was shot in real time over two years by directors Alastair Fothergill and  Keith Scholey.  Alastair Fothergill is a director, producer, and writer which is well known for his involvement in wild life TV programs & films. Some of his titles includes films like Earth, The Blue Planet and Life In The Freezer. His counterpart Keith Scholey is also known for his work as producer for nature programs and films such as his involvement in an award winning series called “ The Private Life of Plants”. He is currently the executive producer for a popular TV show called “Weird Nature”. Both of these men bring a  great deal of experience and creativity to the art of wild life documentary filming. In that they achieve a very descent and entertaining cinematic experience drawing you into a story of the life of two very similar but yet different animals.

 

The cinematography (camera & lighting work) in the film was truly something to behold with sunrise and sunsets shots looking truly like a painters brush come to life. Not only will the metro-man find a new motivation to set out into the great outdoors, but the intrepid explores amongst us will thoroughly enjoy this epic film. Samuel L. Jackson does a good job as narrator of the film. Unfortunately, the narration is distracting at times which robs the film of some of its African authenticity, but will definitely appeal to a more Americanised audience.  The story, like so many in Africa is that of perseverance, courage and taking risks in face of overwhelming odds. The face of adventure is calling and African Cats gets a dangerous 8 out of 10. See you at the movies.

Muppets again!! This should be awesome! Walt Disney Pictures is re-introducing this awesome crew back into mainstream culture.

The cast includes, Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the lead human roles. But as is custom of any Muppets film its sure to have a long list of cameos, so far the list includes Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, French Stewart, Billy Crystal, Alan Arkin, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kristen Schaal, Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais. Dave Grohl from the rock band The Foo Fighters and Flight of the Concords star Bret McKenzie will also appear in the film.

“Written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the story features Segel as a human named Gary whose best friend is Walter, a new iPhone-wielding Muppet. These two die-hard Muppet fans go on a journey with Gary’s girlfriend Mary to defeat the evil Tex Richman, a man who doesn’t find the Muppets funny and thinks he can smell oil beneath their studio.”

Sounds just like the random far-fetched nature of the Muppets that I love.

Walt Disney Pictures is scheduled to release The Muppets Movie in theaters on November 23rd, 2011.

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