- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 28, 2002
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
A vacation in Kenya turns into an adventure when two California teens adopt an infant cheetah and raise it. When the animal is stolen by gamblers, the kids pursue the thieves with the help of their tribal friend.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
They taught him how to play video games. He showed them how to survive! For California teenagers Ted Johnson (Keith Coogan, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING), and his sister Susan, a summer vacation in Africa turns into an incredible adventure and a struggle for survival! With their new friend, Morogo, a Masai tribal boy, they share an amazing, confusing, and funny cross-cultural friendship. Together they find an orphaned cheetah cub, "Duma," and raise her as a pet. But when Duma is stolen by corrupt gamblers, Ted and Susan set out alone across the uncharted wildnerness to find her. Their mission: a daring rescue. Their only ally: Morogo ... if he can find them! CHEETAH is a thrilling adventure about friendship, courage, and survival ... an unforgettable journey that will take you into the very heart of the African wilderness!
Two California children move to Kenya with their parents and adopt a cheetah cub. After raising and training the cat for six months, the kids loose their pet to a gang of unscrupulous poachers. With the help of their new friend, Morogo, a Masai, the children must travel to Nairobi in order to set the cheetah free.
- Film cost an estimated $7 million and was shot on location in Kenya.
- Color by TVC; prints by Metrocolor.
- Additional cast members: Ka Vundla (Kipoin); Lydia Kigada (Lani); Kuldeep Bhakoo (Patel); Paul Onsongo (Abdullah); Anthony Baird (Nigel)
- Additional techincal credits: animals trained by Animal Actors of Hollywood; animal trainers: Wall Ross, Julian Sylvester, Kun Istvan, Cristie Miele, Doree Sitterly
- Keith Coogan (Ted) is actor Jackie Coogan's grandson.