Penetrating through the lush rainforest in Africa, this Disneynature documentary brings you close to the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Picturesque scenery and the crisp video quality enhance viewing experience, coupled with a story that involves the rivalry between two bands of chimpanzees, making this an exceptional wildlife movie not to be missed.

Penetrating through the lush rainforest in Africa, this Disneynature documentary brings you close to the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Picturesque scenery and the crisp video quality enhance viewing experience, coupled with a story that involves the rivalry between two bands of chimpanzees, making this an exceptional wildlife movie not to be missed.

This is the fourth documentary produced by Disneynature that focuses on a specific aspect of nature. The documentary was filmed in Ivory Coast’s isolated Tai Forest as the production team followed a particular group of chimps.

Here is how the story goes: a young chimpanzee Oscar follows his mom Isha and his group’s leader Freddy to navigate the complex territory of the forest, where Oscar learns the ropes of survival. The affection between Isha and Oscar is a great example of kinship among chimpanzees. Oscar is later left to fend for himself until adopted by Freddy. Conflict broke out between two bands of chimpanzees for the supply of nut groves. This natural survival instinct among the chimpanzees is certainly the climax of the movie.

The playful narration by Tim Allen is informative yet entertaining to hold the attention of the audience, especially the young. The directors, Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, spent four years shooting footages for this 78 minutes long movie. The breathtaking cinematography allows one to marvel at the animal behavior up-close, wondering how difficult it is to capture the intimate moments. At the end of the movie, during the final credits, one can see the tough filming conditions that the crew has to overcome in the rainforest.

For every moviegoer who watches “Chimpanzee” during the film’s opening week (April 20-26, 2012), Disneynature will make a donation to JGI through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in order to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Chimpanzee will certainly grab the interest from young to old.

 

Running time: 75 minutes
Rating: G

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