African Lion, The
Part of Walt Disney's True Life Adventure series, The African Lion (1955) is an action-filled, fast-paced yet very educational look at life on the plains of Kenya and Tanganyika.
Unlike most wildlife documentaries, The African Lion thoroughly entertains with its frequent graphic displays of an often savage and "survival-of-the-fittest" environment. The lions are the "stars", but there is ample exposure given to leopards, baboons, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants and countless other wild animals that inhabit this beautifully scenic land.
The film succeeds masterfully at portraying all of the various contributing factors involved in survival, from drought to insect invasion, and there are several "edge-of-the-seat" chase scenes that are certain to hold the viewer's interest. Even the ubiquitous scavengers are shown in their unsavory roles to be an absolute necessity to maintain the fragile balance of the eco-system.
Excellently photographed and directed, The African Lion also features an almost perfect musical score that dovetails seamlessly with the on-screen action.