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Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins
Meerkat Manor The Story Begins
Actor: Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Mike Slee;Chris Barker
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 15min

Every great story has a magical beginning especially when that story involves the real-life adventures of a unique family of meerkats known as the Whiskers and their most beloved member, Flower. As prequel to the Meerkat M...  more »


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Actor: Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Mike Slee;Chris Barker
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

For Flower
Gunner | Bethlehem,Georgia | 05/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins DVD

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 is Awful
OutsideJob | Bronx, NY | 05/26/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I love Meerkat Manor and I really like Whoopi Goldberg, but she is really awful as the narrator of this film. She mumbles through the whole thing and is often indecipherable. We're essentially watching a nature show, and Whoopi keeps deadpanning jokes and stumbling through the lines in an unnatural way. They should have just kept the same narrator as from the regular show."
Not so bad.
The Linea Alba | Meteor Falls, Hoenn | 06/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In my opinion, the movie really isn't as bad as everyone says; I've got one problem with it, and that is the actual footage of the Meerkats shown in the movie are just random Meerkats that basically happened to 'do what the film crew wanted them to,' and when they did, they edited the tape together to give us the movie. If the movie was actually filmed like the Meerkat Manor series in which the actual named Meerkats are being filmed in their lives, then the movie would have been much more pleasing.

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."
Meerkat Manor For Dummies
Elle-P | Chicago IL | 06/29/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"That should have been the title of this fiasco. Personally Flower was never my favorite meerkat, i always found her cold and harsh,but that is not the problem here. The problems are:

1. Whoopi: her narration is distracting and annoying.
2. The fact that it is a movie and has to be condensed, it loses all thrill of what is going to happen next.

But my main gripe is that this "movie" isn't actual footage of how things happened it is meerkat "actors" that were filmed untill they got the necessary footage needed to fill in the story. If they didnt have actual Flower footage they shouldnt have bothered making this movie. As it is its as fake as "THE HILLS" and not even half as entertaining. Also i felt the script was dumbed down, like it was talking down to the viewer.

As for season four of MM im not afraid of change, is the same show but with a different narrator. I find it as entertaining as it always has been.

But this movie should be skipped.