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Good Morning East Tennessee!

If you haven't heard - there's a very powerful Disney movie about to be released called: "African Cats." Being a nature/animal lover I can't wait to see it.

Occasionally I'll grab the cameras and camping equipment and head out into the Smoky Mountains for a few days. While some "get it" many don't understand so I'm hoping this movie will shed some light on my own obsession with nature.

There's a profound mystery in nature that we aren't always able to know or see. When you combine a living, breathing family with a plan and a purpose there's almost nothing to do but sit in fascination. It seems to be enough and everything starts to make sense. It's the feeling of knowing you'll be OK. The stress level fades and you seem to be back where you belong.

As you may have guessed, the new movie is about cats (lions & cheetahs) in South Africa, but the story takes you much farther than any ordinary documentary. Sure the music, views and photography help to hype the movie, but there's an actual beginning and ending.

The movie takes you through the lives of two cat families. From the process of raising their young and all they have to go through to protect them, through the teen-years and the letting go process that every parent should be able to relate to.

From seat-clutching danger, suspense and brand new insight to the playfulness, charm and curiosity of any cat - it promises to leave you and your family absolutely speechless. You'll fall in love while sensing that they're doing the very best they can. It's a promise that you'll want to be a part of it and you won't want it to end.

I've seen all the trailers and sneak-peaks, and I'm already holding on. I never thought I'd be this excited about a Disney movie, but I am. Call me a dork if you want. I'll be there opening day.

Finally the blockbuster that deserves to be a blockbuster: "African Cats" - To be released this Earth-day, April 22, 2011 disney.go.com/disneynature/africancats.

Have a great day!

Published February 22, 2011

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