Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Disney live-action adventure with a few perilous moments.

G 1988 83 minutes

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Entertaining family movie... just beware of problematic messages

We really enjoyed this movie for the most part - beautiful scenery, nice portrayal of an American family adjusting to being in Africa, and of course raising a baby Cheetah! I also liked the children's friendship with a local tribal boy, that seemed very believable and real. However, there are two problems with the film: one, the children end up deciding to go off on their own at a key point in the film. All comes out OK, but the way it was presented, I don't think it was clear enough that they were really putting themselves in danger. Second, the very idea of being able to keep a wild animal as a pet is not one to encourage. It is always presented in the film that the cheetah ended up "completely tame," and we have all read news accounts of the troubles with that assumption. With a slightly older child, one can explain these issues and it's not a big deal.

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For kids who love nature and the environment

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