Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins (DVD)

Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins was aired on Animal Planet in May of 2008. This film, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act) and produced/directed by Chris Barker and Mike Slee, gives individuals some idea into the life cycle of a meerkat, especially those that are in the deserts of the Kalahari. This is done by showing the growing of Flower from an infant all the way to being a major player in the Whiskers clan. Where individuals will be able to watch what is already a tremendous bit of storytelling moderated by Whoopi, The Weinstein Company has placed a number of bonus features that viewers can further mull over.

Individuals that wanted to know how exactly Meerkat Manor was put together can watch “The Making of Meerkat Manor”, while those individuals that wish to know a little bit more about the meerkat as an animal can tune in to “The Science of Meerkat Manor”. Those individuals that have kept up to date about the show which influenced this film should keep viewing after the movie ends, as there are some pretty exclusive bits and pieces that give individuals a sense of how the new season of Meerkat Manor is likely to shape up. Individuals do not need to have watched the show to understand this film, and it is this open-ended nature of the film that will make this such a hit among fans and non-fans alike. If individuals were previously fans of films like March of the Penguins, they should easily get into the action that takes place during Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins. While the climate is different, the animals are different, and there are some points where the narratives deviate, there are enough similarities that human viewers can link to themselves to ensure that individuals will be at the edge of their seats.

If you’ve liked the Animal Planet show or movies like March of the Penguins, make sure that Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins is the next film that you purchase. Keep an eye on Animal Planet for another series of Meerkat Manor as well, as I am sure that the meerkats shown will get in to a whole new array of different and interesting predicaments.

Rating: 7.3/10

Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins / 2008 The Weinstein Company / 2008 Genius Products / 75 Minutes / http://www.weinsteinco.com /

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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