Cheetah, also known as Cheetah and Friends, is a 1989 live-action film from Walt Disney Pictures starring Keith Coogan, Lucy Deakins, Collin Mothupi, and Joe Herrington. 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 poachers planning to race her against Greyhounds, Ted and Susan, together with Morogo, head off into the wild to rescue her.


  • Keith Coogan as Ted Johnson, Susan's older brother
  • Lucy Deakins as Susan Johnson, Ted's younger sister
  • Timothy Landfield as Earl Johnson, the father of Ted and Susan
  • Colin Mothupi as Morogo, an African goat herder
  • Breon Gorman as Jean Johnson, the mother of Ted and Susan
  • Mhlangabezi Ka Vundla as Kipoin
  • Lydia Kigada as Lani
  • Kuldeep Bhakoo as Patel, the owner of his store and one of Abdullah's minions
  • Paul Onsongo as Abdullah, a poacher who wants to use Duma for dog racing
  • Anthony Baird as Nigel, one of Abdullah's minions
  • Rory McGuinness as Larry
  • Rod Jacobsen as David
  • Konga Mbandu as The Police Captain
  • David Adido as Mwangi
  • Frank Turner as The Greyhound Owner
  • Richard Clarke as The Announcer
  • Michael Rogers as The Racetrack Policeman
  • Joe Herrington as Duma, an orphaned female cheetah