‘African Cats’ from Disneynature Available to Own October 4; Disney to Donate Portion of Proceeds

'African Cats' on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo PackOn October 4, don‘t miss Disneynature’s latest home entertainment release, African Cats (now available for pre-order), 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 $.50 for each Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or movie download sold 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.

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‘African Cats’ on Disney Blu-ray/DVD October 4

'African Cats' on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo PackOn October 4, don‘t miss Disneynature’s latest home entertainment release, African Cats (now available for pre-order), 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 $.50 for each Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or movie download sold 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.

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‘African Cats’ Moviegoers Save More Than 50,000 Acres of Savanna

Disneynature announced today that its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” campaign will help protect more than 50,000 acres of land in Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor on behalf of the moviegoers who came out to see Disneynature’s motion picture “African Cats” during its opening week (April 22-28, 2011). A portion of the proceeds from the opening-week ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) 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.

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‘African Cats’ Featurette ‘The Making of “African Cats”‘

© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Filling a void in what’s been missing thus fair in terms of the promotion of Disneynature’s latest venture, African Cats, this newly released featurette takes a look at the thought processes and technology used to bringing the savanna wildlife to the silver screen.

It features directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey along with Owen Newman and Sophie Darlington (principal photography) and Simon King (specialist photography) as they talk about how they managed to capture everything you see on screen, including the use of the Phantom high speed camera which can capture up to 450 frames per second, allowing filmmakers to slow down scenes, such as cheetahs on the hunt, up to 18x without sacrificing resolution.

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TRAILER: ‘Chimpanzee’ from Disneynature; Opens Earth Day 2012

In what can will undoubtedly smash all world records in the field of cuteness, Disneynature has released the trailer for its next film, Chimpanzee, which will be attached to African Cats which opens tomorrow. As with previous domestic Disneynature theatrical releases, Chimpanzee will swing into theaters on Earth Day, April 22, 2012.

Chimpanzee tells the story of Oscar, a three year old chimp who suddenly finds himself alone in the world until he encounters a stranger who ultimately accepts Oscar as his own ‘ohana.

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El Capitan to Hold ‘African Cats’ Opening Reception for Animator Andreas Deja

'African Cats' Reception for Andreas Deja at El Capitan TheatreOn April 22, 2011, the opening day for Disneynature’s newest Earth Day film, African Cats, Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood will be holding a special opening day reception in honor of Disney animator Andreas Deja.

Deja, the current resident specialist for the animation of Mickey Mouse, was the supervising animator of some of the most memorable Disney villains: Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin and Scar from The Lion King. He also animated Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, King Triton from The Little Mermaid, the title character from Hercules, Lilo from Lilo & Stitch and Queen Narissa from Enchanted. In addition,he is the supervising animator for Tigger in the upcoming Winnie the Pooh.

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‘African Cats’ Boasts $1.7M+ in Advance Ticket Sales; More than 9,500 Acres of Savanna Pledged to be Saved

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, 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.

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‘African Cats’ Clip ‘Fang’

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

Walt Disney Studios just released this brief clip from Disneynature’s next film, African Cats, titled ‘Fang.’ It focuses on the patriarch of the main lion pride featured in the film, Fang, who was given his name by the filmmakers because of one of his canines being split completely down the middle vertically, causing it to dangle from his mouth.

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‘African Cats’ – New Featurette, Stills and Behind-the-Scenes Photos

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

Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature have provided us with dozens of new stills from its upcoming Earth Day film, African Cats, in theaters nationwide on April 22, 2011.

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.  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 once banished lion. Disneynature brings The Lion King to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (Earth).

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Disneynature’s ‘African Cats’ New Hi-Res Stills

Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature have provided us with these new stills from the upcoming Earth Day film, African Cats. 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.  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 once banished lion.  Disneynature brings The Lion King to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (Earth).

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