DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
Rated: G (General Audience)
Run Time: 78 minutes
Number of discs: 2
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Studio: Walt Disney Video
As a child I viewed Walt Disney’s True Life Adventures in awe. Now an adult, Disneynature live action wildlife films carry on Uncle Walt’s traditions. Earth Day releases “Earth”. “Oceans”, and “African Cats” (2009-2011) were visually spectacular. Now “Chimpanzee” (2012) continues the tradition.
Did you know that the chimpanzee is the closest living relative to humans? As I watched the story of Oscar, an Ivory Coast Africa chimp, I saw within his troop personalities vividly drawn that exhibited violence, territoriality, creativity, and tenderness – all human characteristics.
Oscar’s story narrated by Tim Allen is touching, charming, one of hierarchy and habitat. It is a tale well-crafted, skillfully told. Chimp mothers raise their babies in an extended family five years. Their nurturing and teaching means survival. So when a leopard kills mother Isha, her baby is left to face a death or survive.
Oscar must find his own food the rainforest’s nut groves, fruits, fig trees, ants and bee hives. He learns night brings danger and discovers rival chimpanzees are his greatest enemy. Young, defenseless, it is run or die for him and he manages to escape attack. Still he is alone and needs a mother. Freddy, alpha male leader, atypically adopts him then in time the whole troop. For Oscar, every day is an adventure. Make the adventure yours too.
Audiences, young and old alike will appreciate this documentary. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield’s rain forest footage is an amazing. Disneynature Chimpanzee will be available online and in retailers nationwide. Rated G, this feature has a 78 minute running time. The Disney Worldwide Conservation fund is dedicating a portion of the sales of each combo pack or digital purchase to The Jane Goodall Institute.
The 2-disc combo pack (SMRP $39.99) includes bonuses like
See “Chimpanzee,” Save Chimpanzees
Disney’s Friends for Change
Disney Conservation Legacy
BLU-RAY (everything on DVD plus)
On location: The Making of Chimpanzee”
30 Years in the Making
The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”
Piece of the Puzzle
Don’t Blame the Tool
Forest of Bees
“Rise” Music Video
Behind the Scenes of “Rise”
Here is a bonus clip called Daily Grind.
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