Cheetah, also known as Cheetah and Friends, is a 1989 live-action film from Walt Disney Pictures starring Keith Coogan, Lucy Deakins, and Collin Mothupi. It was based on Alan Caillou's novel The Cheetahs. It was shot in Nairobi, Kenya. It features the phrase "Hakuna Matata" which became famous when Disney released The Lion King five years later.
American siblings Ted and Susan aren't really looking forward to spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents Earl and Jean. Once there, they change their minds when, together with local goat herder Morogo, they adopt a female cheetah cub they call Duma. They soon realize that they must set her loose so that she can learn to hunt and be free. However, when she is captured by corrupt gamblers planning to race her against greyhounds, Ted and Susan, together with Morogo, head off into the wild to rescue her.
After Ted and Susan get captured by Abdullah and his assistants, Morogo sets them free and head off to Naoribi Downs. However, the police has them in custody, but they escape by tricking him by letting them use the bathroom. They hop into a sheep farmer's truck to go to Nairobi.
When Duma was about to lose the race, Ted snatches his whistle from the racetrack cop and blows it to make Duma go faster and win. Duma chases and attacks Abdullah and he gets arrested.
After that, the trio decide to release Duma back into the wild where she belongs.
- Keith Coogan as Ted Johnson, Susan's younger brother
- Lucy Deakins as Susan Johnson, Ted's older sister
- Collin Mothupi as Morogo, a Masai tribal goat herder
- Timothy Landfield as Earl Johnson, Ted and Susan's father
- Breon Gorman as Jean Johnson, Ted and Susan's mother
- Mhlangabezi Ka Vundla as Kipoin, Morogo's father
- Lydia Kigada as Lani, Morogo's mother
- Kuldeep Bhakoo as Mr. Patel, a greedy store owner who is one of Abdullah's assistants
- Paul Onsongo as Abdullah, a poacher who is the leader of Mr. Patel and Nigel
- Anthony Baird as Nigel, one of Abdullah's assistants
- Allaudin Qureshi as Patel's cousin, the unnamed cousin of Patel
- Rory McGuinness as Larry, one of Earl's friends
- Rod Jacobsen as David, Earl's best friend
- Konga Mbandu as Police Captain, the leader of the Nairobi police
- David Adido as Mwangi, the owner of the Johnson house
- Frank Turner as Greyhound Owner, the owner of the 5 Greyhounds
- Richard Clarke as Announcer, the announcer of Nairobi Downs
- Michael Rogers as Racetrack Policeman, the Announcer's friend
- Joe Herrington as Duma, an orphaned female cheetah