See Disneynature’s Chimpanzee in Theaters Friday April 20th
Chimpanzee starts off following the chimpanzee family that Oscar was born into deep in the forests of Africa. Chimpanzee is a True-Life Adventure, that they almost didn’t capture, I’ll explain that in more detail in a moment. Oscar has quite an entertaining approach to life, he’s the rambunctious child that wants to play and stir up trouble as any young toddler does. His story is a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Oscar’s family at first glance is a regular family of chimpanzees. They work together every day to find food and teach the young. Each mother takes care of her child and they are an organized bunch when it comes to taking care of each other.
During the movie we learn of another chimpanzee family that is trying to move in on Freddy’s land, the savvy leader of Oscar’s family. He watches the boarders and leads them to food and safety every day.
One day when Oscar’s family is confronted by the rival band of chimps his mother Isha was injured and that night she disappeared. Oscar is now left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever. Which is when Disneynature found their story. They were about to wrap up filming with no real story when the most unexpected thing happened. Usually when a baby chimpanzee is left alone without a mother he usually dies. Oscar didn’t give up. He went up to every mother and begged to be taken care of. Each time being turned down. He finally decided to hit up Freddy and the most unexpected thing happened. Freddy took care of him.
I loved watching this story and HIGHLY recommend it for many ages. I would take my four and five year old to see it without thinking twice. I loved it more than I loved African Cats and I liked that one a lot. Oscar and the other Chimpanzees look right into the cameras and steal your heart with their faces and expressions as they communicate with each other.
Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”), “Chimpanzee” swings into theaters on Earth Day 2012. Learn more about Oscar on Twitter @DisneyNature the hashtag #Meetoscar and on Facebook Facebook.com/Disneynature
Did You Know:
· “Chimpanzee” is the fourth release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
· The first three releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans” and “African Cats”—are among the top four highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.
· Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.
Travel and some expenses to the premier were covered by Disney. I had to cover a few things too.