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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Disney live-action adventure with a few perilous moments.

Movie G 1988 83 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

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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Educational value
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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

It's refreshing to see teenagers portrayed as being hungry for adventure and excited to be in a new environment. Life in tribal Africa has been pretty simplified here, but there are touches of truth in this tale, where culture clashes are concerned. Morogo's parents are not crazy about their son getting mixed up in the visiting American's drama. For good reason too -- Teddy and Susan put Morogo in harm's way.

Animal lovers will enjoy seeing all of the herds and flocks at play here. Cheetah lovers will cherish seeing Duma run and play and purr with her human friends. There is a happy ending to this story, which is a relief, once one realizes that the skins on the poacher's walls came from living, thriving animals of the wild.

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