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An Awe-Inspiring Adventure Profiling Two Incredible Families As They Try To Survive In The Wildest Place On Earth

  • Friday, June 17, 2011
  • Burbank, CA

For Every Movie Purchased Through October 10, Disneynature Will Make A Donation To The African Wildlife Foundation's "Save The Savanna" Efforts

BURBANK, California, June 15, 2011 -- This coming October, don't miss Disneynature's latest home entertainment release, AFRICAN CATS, an epic film profiling two incredible families as they strive to make a home in the wilds of Africa. Disneynature AFRICAN CATS will debut as a 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, a High Definition Movie Download and/or On-Demand viewing on Tuesday, October 4, and is the perfect family-friendly film that provides an exciting journey into the wild while also raising consumer awareness for these incredible animals.

For every movie purchased through October 10, 2011, Disneynature will be contributing a portion* of its home entertainment sales through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the "See AFRICAN CATS, Save the Savanna" effort -- an initiative developed between Disneynature and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to protect lions, cheetah, elephants, zebra, giraffe and a host other species in Africa. For more information on this release, please visit www.DisneyNature.com/AfricanCats.

AFRICAN CATS takes viewers deep into the breathtaking African savanna to witness the heart-stopping rivalry between two lion prides and the epic journey of one brave cheetah family. Shot over the course of two and a half years using state-of-the-art camera equipment, AFRICAN CATS captures the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the wildest places on Earth as it tells the dramatic and often intimate stories of 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 clan.

An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, AFRICAN CATS captures the real-life love, humor and determination of these majestic kings of the savanna in an exciting, heartwarming and visually stunning tale that is sure to engage children and adults alike. The film is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Alastair Fothergill (Disneynature EARTH) and Keith Scholey.

In addition to the film, the discs include an incredible array of bonus features that take viewers deeper into the savanna through extensive interactive behind-the-scenes footage including filmmaker and conservationist interviews, an incredibly touching music video featuring Jordin Sparks singing "The World I Knew," plus a look at the global efforts to which The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund contributes.

Bonus Features:


Disney & Nature -- Viewers get a deeper look into the conservation efforts around the world being sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.

Save The Savanna -- A comprehensive look at Disney's "See AFRICAN CATS,Save the Savanna" program and its impact on the region.


Everything on the DVD, plus--

Filmmaker Annotations -- This interactive in-movie feature is a viewing mode with 12 different segments that allows consumers to watch behind-the-scenes footage of the production process and hear stories from the filmmakers and conservationists who spent several years making the film.

Jordin Sparks "The World I Knew" Music Video


Everything on the DVD, plus--

Introduction To Masai Mara -- a segment from the Filmmakers Annotations Blu-ray feature

Filming The Cats -- a segment from the Filmmakers Annotations Blu-ray feature

Sophie's Elephants -- a segment from the Filmmakers Annotations Blu-ray feature

Disc Specifications:

Street Date: October 4, 2011

Direct Prebook: August 9, 2011

Distributor Prebook: August 23, 2011

Release Formats: Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + DVD), DVD Combo Pack (DVD + BD) & Movie Download

Suggested Retail Price: 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada

High Definition Movie Download = $39.99 U.S./ $46.99 Canada

On-Demand = For additional information and pricing, please contact your television provider or favorite digital retailer. Bonus features are not offered with On-Demand.

Feature Run Time: Approx 89 minutes

Rated: G (US and Canada)

Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1

Audio: Blu-ray = English 5.1 DTS-HD MA; French/Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

DVD = English/French/Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Languages: English/French/Spanish

Subtitles: English SDH/French/Spanish

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About "See AFRICAN CATS, Save the Savanna":

By purchasing a Combo Pack or Movie Download version of Disneynature AFRICAN CATS through October 10, viewers can help protect the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna. In honor of each home entertainment release purchased during that period, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will donate critical funds to help conserve the land that the magnificent species featured in AFRICAN CATS call home. This program will help to protect the vital Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks, with hopes to have a positive long term and sustainable impact on the animals and people of Africa. Visit: www.disney.com/conservation

The "See AFRICAN CATS, Save the Savanna" campaign was initiated during the theatrical release of Disneynature AFRICAN CATS and has already helped to protect more than 50,000 acres of land in Kenya's Amboseli Wildlife Corridor on behalf of the moviegoers who came out to see the film during its opening week. Disneynature will continue to contribute to this cause with its home entertainment sales as well.

About African Wildlife Foundation:

Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF's programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. Since its inception AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted partnerships with the private sector for conservation tourism to benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation--all to ensure the survival of Africa's unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a non-profit organization currently operating in 14 countries across the continent. AWF is a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States. Visit www.awf.org.

About Disneynature:

Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world's top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife subjects and stories with theatrical audiences. "Earth" (opening Earth Day 2009) was the first film to premiere domestically under the new label, and garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary. Its "Buy a Ticket, Plant a Tree" initiative led to the planting of three million trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. Hitting theaters on April 22, 2010, "Oceans" was the third highest grossing feature-length nature film in history. Its "See 'Oceans,' Save Oceans" initiative helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, preserving essential coral reefs. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards. For more information about Disneynature, check out www.DisneyNature.com like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyNature and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DisneyNature.com.

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!

These press materials are available in electronic form at www.WDSHEpublicity.com

*Disneynature will contribute $.50 per Combo Pack and Movie Download purchased through October 10, 2011 to AWF, with a minimum contribution of $30,000.

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 2011 Disney


Walt Disney Studios


Maria Barraza




Marilyn Hsiung




Darrell Borquez




Gabrielle Bilicki



African Wildlife Foundation

John Butler



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