January 19, 2017: In line with its commitment to offer gripping content to its viewers, Animal Planet is set to launch JUNGLE TALKIES, a new franchise featuring the best of blue-chip documentaries and documentary films from around the world. JUNGLE TALKIES will bring a selection of films that will explore a wide range of topics which provide a unique lens on the animal kingdom, last Fridays of the month at 8 PM. The film line-up includes African Cats, Chimpanzee, Survivor and more...

Premiering this month on Friday, January 27 at 8 PM, JUNGLE TALKIES will present AFRICAN CATS, an epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth.  AFRICAN CATS is a fascinating film that captures the real-life love, humour and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by popular American Actor & Producer Samuel L. Jackson, the story focuses on Sita, a mother cheetah with five cubs, and Mara, a lion cub whose parents, Layla and Fang, are the aging rulers of their pride. As a single mother, it falls to Sita alone to ensure the survival of her progeny, while Mara faces a more immediate threat: if another lion topples Fang, Mara and her siblings will be killed or driven off. 

Introducing the new franchise ‘Jungle Talkies’, Sameer Rao, VP – Real World Entertainment, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “Animal Planet offers addictive wildlife content and enjoys high stickiness amongst its viewers. Jungle Talkies is an endeavor to showcase world-class documentaries that epitomize the very essence of Animal Planet's DNA – great storytelling, incredible drama, great characters and powerful images.  The drama and emotion evoked is aptly characteristic of what millennials look for on the small screen.” 

Filmedover two-and-a-half years in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, thenature documentary features the story of Mara, anendearing lion cub who strivesto grow up with her mother's strength, sprit, and wisdom; Sita, a bravecheetah and single mother of five newborn cubs who’s trying to make a home inthe wildest place on Earth; Kali, a lion once banished from his pride whoreturns with his sons to reclaim his home; and Fang, a proud leader of thepride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.  

AfricanCats is about the bonds of family.  Despite the challenges of life onthe savanna, the mothers and daughters, fathers and brothers all find a way tocome together.  After marking its debut in theatres, the awe-inspiringadventure blending family intimacy with the power and cunning of the wild,AFRICAN CATS will make its television premiere on January 27 at 8 PM, only onAnimal Planet.

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