Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +2

DisneyNature documentary on the life of chimpanzees in the wild. Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with Chimpanzee, a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable baby chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Working together, Oscarís chimpanzee familyóincluding his mom and the groupís savvy leader ó navigates the complex territory of the forest. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (African Cats, Earth) and Mark Linfield (Earth).

PREVIEW REVIEW: It helps if you really, really like chimpanzees. Iím not such a fan. Even in my childhood, my least favorite part of Tarzan was Cheeta. To me chimps are kinda creepy. But like the other nature films Disney has done, the technical aspects and the proficiency of the documentarians are extraordinary.

Be advised: Many of the little, little kids in the audience got freaked out. Several children cried when the central figures of the story attacked and killed smaller monkeys, when the central figureís mother was killed and he was orphaned, and when a rival tribe of chimps plotted to take over the encampment of its enemies. Remember, this isnít a cartoon, but rather an honest documentary showing these creatures not just in a blissful state, but also trying to survive each day. They donít just eat bugs and nuts. They also eat other members of the ape family. They seek out, trick and trap their prey. And though the camera avoids any gore, it is clear that the chimps are eating the monkey carcass after itís downed.

And after our little hero is orphaned, he is basically abandoned by the rest of the tribe. Having to fend for his own was also disturbing for the littlest tykes at the screening. Yes, the name Disney seems to attract adults with kids, but the nature aspect of this movie should have been a warning. It always amazes me what parents will subject their little kids to in the name of entertainment.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: DisneyNature

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Though it is not gory, the camera crew does show the reality of survival of the fittest; and while no actual view of an animal being killed is seen, it is quite clear thatís whatís happening a couple of times.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Oh, yes, parents may have to explain what this is and what that is.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 79 minutes
Intended Audience: Older kids and up

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