I know I’ll be spending Earth Day outside enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve been blessed with this weekend, however if you aren’t so lucky or looking for something a little bit different to do just head on over to your nearby theater with the family and see the new Disneynature Chimpanzee movie. My family and I had the privilege of attending a special early screening of the film and LOVED it! We weren’t able to take our three year old- just our older two (6 and 8 year old girls) but I’m pretty sure that my three year old would have loved it just as much as the rest of us did. The film is only 78 minutes in length and while not an animated film (much more documentary style) I’m pretty sure a younger child would have been able to sit through it, at least ours. This movie and the story of Oscar had us both laughing and crying. Definitely a very touching story.
Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True-Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimp 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 chimps, 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 chimps, 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”), “Chimpanzee” swings into theaters on Earth Day 2012.
“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®.
To celebrate the release of Chimpanzee you can download a fun activity book full of fun facts, activities, games, color pages and more! Just click HERE to download (PDF).