Disney has a way of changing things! When I went to see the screening of Chimpanzee in San Francisco, I had no idea what it was about. I wondered if I would even be able to stay awake during the movie, and thankfully I did because the movie was super sweet, and actually had a really awesome story behind it. You see that’s the thing about watching animals interact in nature, much like humans they are boring in real life (you do know that reality TV isn’t “real” right?). The shocking thing was, this story really wasn’t boring. I mean sure, if they would have went out and shot chimps for a few weeks doing what chimps do, they may have come back with an interesting fight scene, some cute shots of how chimps eat, and maybe we would have enjoyed watching a baby chimp do adorable things, but they didn’t (thank goodness).
They shot this movie for four year! They had a story in mind while filming, but then due to the tragic lost of one of the cast members, a new inspiring and unusual story unfolded right before the crew’s eyes! It was really awesome to watch the filmmakers share this tale because the film they captured was amazing and beautiful. I was truly in awe of the beauty of the jungle, and the characteristics of the chimps. The story itself is told be Tim Allen, and he did a great job capturing the emotion of the chimps, while bringing both humor and seriousness at just the right times.
Watch Disneynature’s Chimpanzee between Friday, April 20th, opening day, and next Thursday, April 26th and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to the Jane Goodall Institute to help save Chimpanzee today and tomorrow.
Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in 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. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest.
The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimpanzees, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”), and narrated by Tim Allen (ABC’s “Last Man Standing”), “Chimpanzee” swings into theaters on April 20, 2012, just in time for Earth Day.