I was recently sent a copy of Disney’s Chimpanzee to review. I will be the first to admit – nature movies are not always high on my list of things to watch. For starters – nobody bakes or cooks anything. Like, ever. In fact, they eat most of their food raw, these animal types. Some of it very, very fresh. And while I’m not squeamish or living in a fantasy world about lack of need for retirement planning in the animal kingdom, I just don’t see much point.
Disney’s Chimpanzee changed that. The movie follows the early life of Oscar and his mother. The filmmakers have truly entered into the lives of this group of chimps. You watch Oscar learn and grow. You see he and the other members of his tribe playing as any child would. You also feel his pain when he becomes orphaned and must desperately seek the help of his elders to survive.
This is not a movie I would let sensitive young viewers see. Oscar does become orphaned, and although nothing is shown, it is very evident what has taken place. Goose and I thoroughly enjoyed this film and plan on sharing it with the kids when they are a little older. The cinematography was fantastic and I felt genuinely drawn into the storyline – truly the mark of a good film.
Disney’s Chimpanzee is available now on Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack. I would highly recommend picking up a copy for your own home movie collection.
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