Disneynature's Chimpanzee

Mr. T (my hubby), Sir W (15 years old) and I attended an advanced screening of Chimpanzee, a Disneynature documentary, which hits theatres today (April 20), just in time for Earth Day.


This film features the daily life of young Oscar, his momma and the rest of his troop.  Unfortunately, disaster strikes and 3 year old Oscar is orphaned.  Oscar is too young to survive on his own and begins to suffer from hunger and neglect.  The other mommas refuse to care for him and without help he will die.  Miraculously, Oscar is adopted by Freddy, the troop’s alpha male.

Chimpanzee -Our Review

We all really enjoyed the movie.  One can’t help athropomorphize (which means to put human characteristics to) these fascinating chimps, with their human-like expressions and mannerisms.  Oscar was adorable and full of mischief and just as self-centred and demanding as a human toddler.  His momma was attentive and caring and patient.

chimpanzeeMuch of a chimpanzee’s life is occupied with obtaining, preparing and consuming food.  Both Mr. T and I came out of the movie feeling hungry.  It wasn’t so much the quality of the food, althout the fruit and nuts did look yummy, it was the fact that there was just so much eating.  Watching little Oscar learning to crack open the nuts was just too cute.

I give this move a 5 out of 5.  I realize that it sanitizes the chimps’ lives, sheltering us from the violence and messiness of life in the jungle, but considering the intended audience, I’m OK with that.

My 3 words to describe Chimpanzee:  Darling, Gorgeous, Heart-wrenching.

Sir W isn’t your typical teen boy and I appreciate that he was willing to try this movie, which many of his peers might think they’re too cool for.  He gave the movie a 5 out of 5.  He said, “There’s something for everyone: love, action, strategy, sad parts and a good ending.”  Sir W’s 3 words to describe Chimpanzee:  Classic, Hilarious, Cute.

Mr. T gives the movie a 4 out of 5.  I suspect that he couldn’t give it a 5 because no self-respecting grown man can give a chimp movie a 5.  Mr T’s 3 words to describe Chimpanzee:  Delicious (all that eating), Picturesque (amazing cinematography) and Humorous.  I asked him for one negative criticism of the movie and he said, “No guns.”  Riiiiight.

Did you know that chimpanzees are endangered?

See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees:  For every ticket purchased to see Chimpanzee in a theatre on the week it opens, April 20-26, Disneynature will contribute 20 cents to the Jane Goodall Institute, which works to protect wild chimps and care for orphans.

Furthermore, if Walt Disney Studios Canada can reach 22,000 “likes” on their Facebook page by Sunday, April 22nd (Earth Day), they will adopt two orphaned chimpanzees through the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s Chimp Guardian Program.

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Disclosure:  I received tickets to an advance screening of Chimpanzee to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are entirely my own.