Review: Disneynature: Monkey Kingdom 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack
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Disneynature: Monkey Kingdom
- DVD Release Date: September 15, 2015
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Run Time: 81 minutes
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios
- ASIN: B00W43AF10
Growing up I enjoyed watching Disney True Life Adventures. As an adult I enjoy Disney Nature. Its documentaries are both educational and family friendly. Since 2008 its epic stories fittingly released in conjunction with Earth Day, and now Monkeys are movie delights. (See past reviews of Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and Chimpanzees on hereandthere.us.)
Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill ably direct primate toque macaques in their own Sri Lanka habitat. The ancient jungle ruins of Southern Asia’s Polonnaruwa is the background for a tale of a competitive hierarchy, alpha males, rivalry, social order, social status, rivalry, extended family, the search for food, and natural enemies.
Tales From The Kingdom
On The Set of Monkey Kingdom with Jane Goodall and Wolfgang Dittus
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom: The Conservation Story
It?s Our World Music Video Performed by Jacquie Lee
A Special Thank You From Disneynature
As I See It:
Monkey Kingdom narrated by Tina Fey has everything. Watching the Temple Troop simians, Raja, The Three Sisters, Maya, Kumar, and newborn Kip as they feed, face predators, and fight invading monkeys in the wild makes for good drama. Watching their uninvited crashing a child’s birthday party, shoplifting street market stalls, and hanging in an arboreal cell phone tower make for better comedy.
Cinematography is breathtaking. With clips of elephants, tigers, leopards, deer, peacocks, mongoose, termites, scorpions, and monitor lizards as background, blonde-bibbed Maya is the scene stealer. Even endangered, fighting for survival, she remains adventurous. The footage of her underwater swimming comes as a total surprise. Playful monkey hi-jinks set to The Monkee’s Song is pure fun.
My Opinion Only:
Monkey Kingdom falls somewhere between anthropomorphic giving human motives, emotions, and story to a non-human and factual zoological study. Its Environmental Media Awards nomination proves it is solid documentary in the Disney tradition (excuse my pun) monkey business aside.
Disney Nature: Monkey Kingdom, a Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD release, is available online and in retailers nationwide. G-rated, with a running time of 81 minutes, its SMRP is $39.99.