I don’t normally attend movie premieres since I’m not in the blogging world to write about movies, but when I get an opportunity to see a great film, how can I turn it down? I am especially a sucker for documentary-style films, so I decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Disneynature’s Chimpanzee, opening in theaters today.
You see, I’ve been in love with chimps since I was a little girl. I had to have been about 8 years old when my family went to the Toledo Zoo and I had my first encounter with these amazing creatures. I made “friends” with a chimp and he and I exchanged signs. I waved, he waved. I put my hand on the glass, he put his hand on the glass. He didn’t take his eyes off me. In that moment, I knew these animals were something special.
Chimpanzee, which takes place in the beautiful forests of Africa, follows the adventures of an adorable baby chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life. I love how the movie showcases the bond between mother (Isha) and baby – just like in the human world. I found myself getting a little choked up seeing how they interact and thinking how my own little “monkey” seems so much the same as little Oscar – curious, into everything, and fiercely independent.
When Oscar and Isha separate, it tears at your soul. But I’m not going to spoil the ending – that will be for you to see. Just know it’s a happy one 🙂
Here’s the preview in case you’ve missed it:
I loved this movie – it was so cute and I especially loved all the “awwws” the crowd expressed for Oscar. It is a playful documentary, but I wouldn’t suggest bringing children under 4 unless you think they can sit still. Tim Allen, our resident voice of Michigan (thanks to him, our “Pure Michigan” tourist campaign has been crazy successful), did a wonderful job narrating and brought all the chimps to life as if they were human – it was hysterical!
So this weekend, skip Titanic 3D and the other cheesy love stories out right now and celebrate Earth Day with a film that will not only entertain you, but fill your brain with knowledge of these incredible creatures. Plus, for every ticket purchased opening week, through April 26, Disneynature will contribute 20 cents to the Jane Goodall Institute.
How can you not adore this little monkey?
* All images and video provided by Disney *
I received two complimentary tickets to see this movie in exchange for my words. All thoughts expressed are my own.
What’s your favorite animal?