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The African Lion is a 1955 feature-length documentary by Walt Disney Productions as part of its True-Life Adventures series. The film, which was shot over a three year period focuses on the life of the lions within the complexity of the Africa ecosystem. At the 6th Berlin International Film Festival it won the Silver Bear (Documentaries) award. It was released on DVD in 2006 as part of the Walt Disney Legacy Collection. It can be found on the third volume of the True-Life Adventures series where it has been fully restored.

Production Details

Starring: Elma Milotte, Alfred Milotte

  • Directed by: James Algar
  • Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
  • Release year: 1955
  • Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Gallery of Animals

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  • The film's copyright was renewed on March 21, 1983.[1]
  • In 2011, Disneynature released African Cats, a new film exploring the same subject.
  • The African Lion is often cited as an influence on the Jungle Cruise attraction.
  • After the scene with the rhino stuck in the mud was shot, the filming team rescued the animal, but it charged at them after being freed.