Release Date: April 20, 2012
Starring: Tim Allen
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 70 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Walt
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark
Executive Producer: Don Hahn
Producer: Alastair Fothergil, Mark
Linfield, Alix Tidmarsh
Address Comments To:The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Rich Ross, Chairman
Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Oscar is a baby chimpanzee who follows his mother everywhere she goes. Seeing what she does, he learns a great deal about how to survive in the jungles of Africa. Oscar is one of the youngest of his chimpanzee gang, so he’s not a favorite with the group, but he is a favorite with his mother. Following the steps of mom, Oscar learns how to crack nuts so he can eat. This involves taking a large rock and hitting the nut’s hard shell.
Oscar and the whole chimpanzee community also need fruit. So, they they leave their safe ground and go into another rival chimpanzee group’s territory to get the lush food. The rival group is fierce, however. Tension is thick as Oscar’s community moves forward toward the fruit. Hearing Oscar’s group, the rival chimps chase after them and push them far from the fruit. Leading the group is Scar, a large chimpanzee who controls his group to fight Oscar’s. Oscar’s group has a leader too, Freddy, who is wise and the hunter for the whole group. Surprisingly, the chimpanzees strategically hunt for small monkeys for their meat intake.
The rival group comes and attacks Oscar’s family. His mother is hurt. Removed from the group and beaten, Oscar’s kind mother dies. On his own now, Oscar still has to learn more survival skills, because he is still young and in need of a mother to teach him the ways to live. Knowing this, Oscar goes around to the female chimpanzees in the group. They push him away, tending to their own. In an unexpected turn, Oscar’s “savior” is the least expected one out of the group, with the highest ranked chimpanzee tending to the lowest ranked chimpanzee, Oscar.
CHIMPANZEE is an entertaining documentary that keeps the audience engaged and focused throughout. Beautiful scenes of the forests of Africa and up close shots of the adorable chimpanzee Oscar make the film aesthetically enjoyable to watch. Although there are no references to God, it shows how complex nature is. It also shows the beauty of newborn life, along with the importance of family and motherly attention. Thus, overall, CHIMPANZEE reflects a strong moral worldview with positive redemptive elements. Happily, CHIMPANZEE contains no radical environmentalist ideology. Some of the chimp fighting may be too intense for very young children, but CHIMPANZEE is one of the better nature documentaries celebrating Earth Day.
CHIMPANZEE is an entertaining documentary. It keeps viewers engaged and focused throughout. Beautiful scenes of the African forests and close-ups of the adorable baby chimp make the film even more enjoyable. Although there are no references to God, the movie shows the beauty of newborn life, along with the importance of family and motherly attention. Thus, overall, CHIMPANZEE reflects a strong moral worldview with positive redemptive elements. Some of the chimp fighting may be too intense for very young children, but CHIMPANZEE is one of the better nature documentaries.