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Kolo is a young meerkat with a big sense of adventure. Deep in the hostile desert of the Kalahari, he and his family have created a home, but growing up is his greatest challenge of all. With danger lurking in every corner – including ravenous lions, limited food, and poisonous snakes – he’ll find out how to adapt to his wild environment and thrive. Narrated by Paul Newman, The Meerkats is a beautifully filmed and inspiring look at how in a land of giants, these little creatures stand tall.

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Rufus Beck
  • Directors: James Honeyborne
  • Writers: James Honeyborne, Alexander McCall Smith
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, David M. Thompson, Harvey Weinstein, Jane Hawley, Joe Oppenheimer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C6VMFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Meerkats" on IMDb

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There is a good mixture of gentle humor and pathos.
Ms. Peggy A. Drechsler
This issue is if you never saw Meerkat Manor then this is really good film to get.
FYC1129
They have an adopt an animal program that helps support the animals at our zoo.
Kathleen Goodsell

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Skydog on December 3, 2009
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On its own, this is a good movie. The close-ups of eagles flying are amazing. And Paul Newman shines as narrator. The issue is if you never saw Meerkat Manor then this is really good film to get. But if you were a fan of Meerkat Manor then this movie pales in comparison. So I gave it a rating in between 3 and 5 depends on what you have seen before. If you are new to Meerkats I highly recommend getting Meerkat Manor season 1. In my opinion this was one of the top 5 television series of all time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
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This beautifully photographed nature study follows the adventures of a young meerkat from the time he first emerges from his underground nest - through to the time he becomes a young adult taking responsibility for the care and feeding of other members of his extended family. Paul Newman's narration takes the form of a dramatic storyline that lends continuity to Kolo's adventures.

My only criticism of this documentary is that it doesn't provide enough background information about meerkats. I didn't watch the popular TV series "Meerkat Manor," so I came fresh to these images of meerkats. I would have liked to know where their species fits in the scheme of things, without having to do independent research. Are they related to lemurs - to prairie dogs - to moles? What geographical range do they occupy? You won't get answers to these questions on this film.

However what is on the screen is cute and captivating. And:
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I think this documentary would be suitable for the whole family. Although there are a few scenes of predation, our protagonist Kolo himself makes it safely through all the perils he encounters. So there's nothing here that should be too disturbing even for very young children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Goodsell on April 19, 2010
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This one was extra special because it was a totally new story and with Paul Newman narrating. I didn't have to cry over missing Mozart and Flower. How could I not love the stories about these incredible creatures. My heart breaks when anything happens to one of them. The Lowry Park Zoo that is near to me has a group of these little cuties. I never spend less than 30 minutes watching these lovable little animals. They have an adopt an animal program that helps support the animals at our zoo. I'm hoping soon I will save enough money up to adopt one of these little guys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Peggy A. Drechsler on July 25, 2011
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If you like "small furries" or birds and are not looking for a scientific study, this is a terrific movie. This movie is an "adventure" about fascinating meerkats interacting naturally in their own environment. Paul Newman performs flawlessly as the narrator, telling the story of one meerkat family with the focus on one pup's journey toward adulthood. The film allows you to vicariously feel the heat of the African desert while enjoying the antics of meerkat pups and birds. There is a good mixture of gentle humor and pathos. Other African animals, including lions, giraffes, and ostriches, are filmed interacting with (or ignoring) the meerkats. The smooth aerial pans, the animal and bird close-ups, the in-the-burrow filming of meerkats feeding, sleeping, and battling a predator are all excellently done. Plus there are beautiful cloud shots as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard T. Sansom on April 14, 2010
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Well produced movie with both excitement and a little sadness. Newman's narration is very well done, glad I chose his over the others that are offered. If you like meerkats you'll love this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward H. Sigmund on January 31, 2014
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I thought is was great. I liked Meerkat Manor a little better but if you saw Meerkat Manor and liked it, then this would be a good addition to your Meerkat cokkection.
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For us, humans, it is a mini-Odissey; but for Kolo the young Meerkat it was as heroic as crossing scyla and caribdis or fighting Cyclops.

This motion picture is a hybrid between a documentary and a movie. It is educational but it is also a story (so artistic license was occasionally taken for dramatic effect).

Filmed with state-of-the-art techniques (by 2008 standards) and with an inspiring storyline wonderfully narrated by Paul Newman, this is a must see for the entire family.
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By Linda L. Barber on August 2, 2013
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The seven year olds father was tickled to get this movie for his 7 year old to watch the meerkats.
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