When I was in San Francisco earlier this month, I was able to see Chimpanzee, Disneynature’s 4th film.
I had been seeing trailers for the new movie and I was eager to see it. I actually haven’t seen any of the other Disneynature films, but this one looked amazing and as a mother, my heart went out to little Oscar who is the star of this documentary.
Filmed over 4 years in the deep forests of Africa, Chimpanzee is the story of an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar. The film documents Oscar’s life from the very beginning, his bond with his mother, Isha and his first steps into independence.
Oscar is like any other toddler – he reminded me a lot like my son! Oscar was playful, curious, independent but also completely dependent of his mother.
You’ll get to follow along on the dynamics of the different bands of chimpanzees that live in the jungle. Truly startling is when Oscar’s family of chimpanzees are confronted by another group and his life is changed forever.
The film is visually stunning and in the dark theater, I almost felt like I was right there in the jungle with them. Chimpanzee is directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”) and narrated by Tim Allen, who I thought did an outstanding job.
Chimpanzee is rated G and 78 minutes long. I think kids of all ages will be able to enjoy it. For kids that are younger, there are some scary parts, but I think the filmmakers do a great job of taking the violence off screen.
Chimpanzee was released into theaters on April 20th and when you see Chimpanzee through May 3rd Disneynature will contribute $.20 per ticket to the Jane Goodall Institute to help protect wild chimpanzees and their habitats.
Disney/Pixar provided me with an all expenses paid trip to San Francisco for an advance screening of Chimpanzee and select footage from Brave. All thoughts and opinions are my own.