It's a prequel about Flower. Details after the jump,
Here's the announcement:
In memory of the Flower – the infamous meerkat matriarch who climbed her way to lead the “Whiskers” clan – Animal Planet is airing the movie MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS over Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 25, from 8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT following its theatrical debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film tells the story of Flower before she became the Manor’s famous first lady on Animal Planet’s popular Emmy-nominated series MEERKAT MANOR.
Filmed over a seven-month period, MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS follows the real-life adventures of the Whiskers family. In partnership with Oxford Scientific Films/Southern Star, Cambridge University and world-renowned animal behavioralist Professor Tim Clutton-Brock, Animal Planet and Discovery Films span Flower’s incredible journey from birth to matriarch of the Whiskers mob. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, the film traces the transformation of Flower from a young, inexperienced meerkat into a remarkable leader who puts her family above all in the fight for survival in one of the harshest deserts on the planet. Fans witness Flower’s growth as she raises her family and forges a legacy amidst the unforgiving landscape and constant dangers of the Kalahari.
MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS captures unique vantage points of these distinctive animals using cameras attached to helicopters and “meerkam” technology with underground camera systems specially designed to view the meerkats in their burrows.
Immediately following the May 25 premiere of MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS, Animal Planet premieres THE MAKING OF MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS from 9:30 -10 PM (ET/PT). Then, on Friday, May 30, the film MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS encores from 8-9:30 PM (ET/PT), and is immediately followed by the half-hour special, THE SCIENCE OF MEERKAT MANOR, beginning at 9:30 PM (ET/PT).
MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS, debuts on DVD June 3 from Genius Products, The Weinstein Company and Animal Planet and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.97.
Also, the new season, MEERKAT MANOR: THE NEXT GENERATION, makes its debut Friday, June 6, at a new time, 9 PM. In this season, the infamous Whiskers Family is no longer united. Splitting off into two groups led by domineering sisters – the Aztecs (led by Maybelline) and the Whiskers (led by Rocket Dog), life at the Manor will never be the same. It’s the age-old story of a bitter rivalry between two sisters hungry for power and who will stop at nothing to be on top!
MEERKAT MANOR: THE STORY BEGINS is directed by documentary filmmakers Mike Slee and Chris Barker and written by Michael Olmert and Judy Morris. Clare Birks is executive producer and Caroline Hawkins is producer for Oxford Scientific Films/Southern Star. Executive producers for Discovery Communications/Discovery Films are Mark Wild, Mick Kaczorowski and Carole Tomko.