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Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins
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This movie is a tribute to Flower, the matriarch of the Whiskers clan of meerkats in the Kalahari Desert. It follows Flower from the time she was just a pup until she becomes the Matriarch of the whiskers Clan.
If you enjoy Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet, you have to get this movie. I agree that Sean Astin, the regular narrator, would have done a better job narrating than Whoopi.
Highly recommended for fans of Flower, and Meerkat Manor the series.
Gunner May, 2008
Whoopi's narrative is a bit different from what viewers may be used to, but I think she adds something 'special' and different for the movie, since the movie IS a bit different from the series. It's a good 'prequel' to the series for someone who has never seen it.
I still favour the series over the movie, but the movie is still worth seeing if you love meerkats and are open-minded to a different narrator.
Apparently, we are wrong. A letter from Animal Planet advises that human meerkat management decided it was time for women to take over narration duties. Management - I read that "marketing" - wanted a lighter tone: "With ... Flower's passing the show's producer wanted to signal a change for the Whiskers clan and felt the best way to do that was with a new narrator. When Meerkat Manor premieres ... Emmy-award winning Stockard Channing will lend a headstrong voice to the Manor."
Nice call on the "lighter tone" for women, folks. Thanks bunches.
Here's the gripe. Why tamper with perfection? "Meerkat Manor" has become an Animal Planet icon. Ratings are heads and tails better than spin offs such as "Orangutan Island" and the, frankly, offensive "Lemur Kingdom" that cites its critters with stereotypical hip hop characteristics. Not a show I'd want children to watch.
I love Whoopi Goldberg, who narrates "The Story Begins," the story of young Flower. I also enjoy and respect Stockard Channing, but neither have Astin's resonance. Couple Goldberg's voice with the saccharine sweet score that accompanies "Story" and you've got a nauseating 75 minutes to get through.
Meerkat fans should be sure to pick up season three with its incredible true life story and compassionate narrator, who leads us through the triumphs and tragedies of the Kalahari. Don't insult the journey with the new marketing. Do yourself a favor, too, and avoid "The Story Begins." Here, the story ends.
- Kay Reynolds, The Virginian-Pilot
However, the movie was terrible. Seriously, the producers butchered the idea of Meerkat Manor. It was fast paced and felt rushed. Also, Goldberg is a TERRIBLE narrator. Throughout the entire movie I felt like she was speaking to a five year old. Don't they realize Meerkat Mannor captured the imagination of more than young children? Also, she exaggerated certain details, making it feel less authentic and professional. I think it could have been a good movie if they used a better narrator, like Sean Astin. There's only a few good points about it: you learn about Flower's past, although I'm not sure how much of it is authentic. I've heard many controversies that some of the details depicted in the movie were inncorect. Although they used different Meerkats to produce the movie, the shots were great and some even adorable. There were WAY too many landscape shots though.
So if you want to see Flower's life in the big screen, and you can deal with the annoying narrator, this movie is for you. It gives you no reason to watch it again. If that's not something you want, I suggest you just look up and read Flower's story.
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To hear Whoopi Goldberg narrate this wonderful documentary is priceless!Published 16 months ago by Just me!
Love my MeerKat Manor!! Really wish they would make some more shows!!
One complaint. All the other Meercat Manor DVDs are narrated by a man; the woman's voice, even if it is Whoopi Goldberg, just seems wrong.Published 22 months ago by Judy Malone
DVD set arrived quickly. Been enjoying it a lot. Love the Meerkats, such precious little things.Published 22 months ago by Karen Poehlein
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