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What to know: A 3-year-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.
Recommended age 5-12
90 minutes
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The most amazing thing about Chimpanzee, by Disney Nature, for me was the views from the top to the bottom of the Rain Forest. We get to see clouds, amazing water falls, plants and flowers that take weeks to grow that bloom in seconds. I love the glowing mushrooms scene, probably one of the coolest scenes I've ever seen. The cinematography is breathtaking. Now for Oscar's story. Little Oscar is orphaned after a territorial war with another band of chimpanzees that were lead by Scar. That is really scary because baby chimps cannot survive without the care of their mothers until the age of seven. Chimpanzees are much smarter than I ever thought. They have to learn how to use tools to gather food. They use sticks to gather ants and bugs and rocks to crush open nuts. It takes years for the mothers to pass along this information to their babies. What will Oscar do since he can't feed himself of even know what to eat? Playing with honey bees is not the best choice for one as little as Oscar. During the screening I got to meet the producer of the movie who told us this movie took 4 years to make. They had to stop filming for over a year due to a Civil War in the area and could only finish the filming under United Nations Security. Speaking of security the humans had to wear masks. Not to protect the humans from chimpanzee viruses, but so that the humans didn't pass any human viruses to the chimpanzees. There are no doctors for wild chimpanzees and a human virus would have done a lot of damage to them. Learn more about chimpanzees and how the adorable Oscar survives. I recommend this family friendly movie for ages 5 to 18, but adults will love it too. I give it 5 tinkling stars. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
This is a very heartwarming and lovable film. I absolutely love how it captures the bond between a loving mother (Isha) and her adorable young son (Oscar). Tim Allen narrates this amazing heartwarming film, and boy is he doing it well. I like how he uses humor and is really describing the Chimpanzees' actions. My favorite scene is when Oscar is trying to open a nut with several tree limbs that fail, but then after much determination, he realizes that the rock is the right tool to use to crack it open. I really enjoy the music; it captures the feeling of what is going on. When there is suspense, the music is suspenseful. When the rival groups are fighting for territory, the music is really dramatic. The cinematography is extremely well with tons of close-ups of nature and Oscar. It gives you a feel of what the forest is like. Chimpanzee is a documentary set in the deep forests of Africa. It tells the story of Oscar, a young and playful Chimpanzee that has a good life with his friends and family. Oscar is curious and wants to learn everything he can. But when separated from his mother Isha, during a fight for territory between a rival group, the learning stops and he has to look out for himself. When everyone else he knows is rejecting him, the one person that you would never expect to take him in, does and changes his life forever. Alastair Fothergill (African Cats and Earth) and Mark Linfield (Earth) shares in directing this nature film. It's giving you an up close and personal experience of what the Chimpanzee life is all about. During this film you will see that Chimpanzees have needs and feelings just like humans do. I recomment Chimpanzee for ages 7 and up. During the battle seen, it may be a little too much for younger ages. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because of all the touching scenes between Oscar and his fellow Chimpanzees. It left me wanting to know more and more about Oscar. Chimpanzee is genuinely a great film and I'm sure you will enjoy it as well - it swings into theaters on April 20th and is just in time for Earth Day so please go and check it out. Review by Brianna Beaton, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
A 3-year-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male. Narrated by Tim Allen.
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