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Chimpanzee Reviews

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MANUGINO
Super Reviewer
September 12, 2012
For Oscar, every day is an adventure.

Good Disney Nature movie! Gorgeously filmed and just the right length to keep smaller ones from getting bored, I was amazed at the footage that the filmmakers got of these chimps. I am one of those who has trouble leaving the primate area of the zoo and it does make you marvel at their similarities with humans.You'll feel like you just went on a trip to the rain forest of Africa, and I can't imagine a child or teen not liking this. Or an adult for that matter.

Oscar, a baby chimpanzee is enjoying his life with his mother in the jungles along the Ivory Coast. Without warning, young Oscar is tragically orphaned during an attack from a rival group of chimpanzees. Afterwards, he attempts to survive on his own, and to be accepted by the other chimps. But Oscar struggles, until he is surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of his group.
Super Reviewer
August 23, 2012
This was really great. Rather snarky narration for a disney flick. Beautifully filmed and you'll only tear up a little bit. Probably.
Bradley T. Johnson
Super Reviewer
April 22, 2012
A wonderful Earth Day gift from Disneynature. Chimpanzee is touching, enjoyable, and features incredible jungle footage with the neon mushrooms and the slowed down rain fall being the highlights. Chimpanzee is a great family film that's gentle enough without watering down the brutality of the animals' lives. Overall Rating: 84
Super Reviewer
April 20, 2012
With the recent collection of Disneynature films (African Cats, Oceans, Earth, etc.), they have added another film into the mix, which dives into the lives of chimpanzees. Can Chimpanzee carry the legacy of Disneynature's films? One thing it does well is that the cute charm of the chimpanzees might woo you in. It's one of the films main strengths, and you actually feel for the main character Oscar, and his antics throughout the film. The film is also pretty funny and has its fair share of surprising things you might notice. Tim Allen also does a good job as narrator, giving the chimpanzees character in certain situations. It is quite short at 72 minutes but the film makes use of its limited time, showcasing everything chimpanzees need to thrive and survive. Overall, a very pleasant family film, with some comedy, suspense and emotional moments thrown in.
JC
Super Reviewer
½ May 20, 2012
Enjoyed this more than the other Disney Nature film (Oceans) but this one suffers as did that one from exquisite cinematography marred by crappy script and lackluster narration. Does anyone really go to see Chimpanzee to hear Tim Allen's voice? Next time Disney needs to throw more $ at script and less at talent. Nevertheless it was great spending 80 minutes with Oscar and the gang. (5-20-12)
Super Reviewer
July 4, 2012
Cute little documentary about an adorable Chimp named Oscar.
Super Reviewer
April 21, 2012
The story of Oscar and his "community" (aka family/tribe) definitely sucked me in and it's fascinating the way that Chimpanzees use tools to do things. One thing I could done less with was Tim Allen's narration, I kept picturing him as "Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor." It's solid film though if you're looking for something to take the whole family to see.
½ October 18, 2014
Chimpanzee takes a step back from the others, but it still offers enough interesting aspects and, of course, Tim Allen, to finish it.
January 30, 2012
Wonderful (meaning cute and sweet), sad, but wonderful as both Disney and Disneynature always makes films appealing to families. (B+)

(Full review coming soon - with better wording)
½ April 18, 2012
Great movie. Beautifully filmed, sweet, light-hearted, animals are cute, with a perfect narration from Allen.
½ August 18, 2013
Chimpanzee is a well told and incredible story about the wonderful and inspirational life of a chimpanzee
February 20, 2014
Amazing footage and very fun! If it comes up on a movie channel watch it -- from the people that brought you the Earth series -- lots of great shots and a decent attempt at a story line.
Jed
September 8, 2013
Though Chimpanzee is often overly-sentimentalized and has terrible narration from Tim Allen, it has enough fantastic cinematography to make it worth a peek.
March 10, 2012
Chimpanzee is a well directed heartfelt and funny movie. But it was to short and it didn't feel complete by the end.
GRADE:B+
July 14, 2013
Sweet, but a little disappointing in how it ended. It seemed to just cut off, like Disney needed to make a buck and couldn't afford to invest the time to see Oscar's story through--at least a couple of years.
½ May 23, 2013
It's not quite what the previews make it out to be and it almost ran a little long to keep my almost 7 year olds interest, but it includes some amazing footage.

Kids and adults will enjoy it even though Tim Allen doesn't cut it as the narrator.
May 23, 2013
Narrated by comedian Tim Allen , Chimpanzee tells the story about a baby chimp named Oscar who enjoys the bond with his mother. However, she and other chimps are killed off by evil chimps, led by one named Scar. He then struggles to find happiness in his forest until he comes across his leader, who takes him in as his mommy.

I have been a fan of Disneynature films, from Earth to Oceans, but Chimpanzee was just a bunch of garbage. Obviously Disney dumbed down this film so that it will be more loved for younger audiences, and you can tell when the more intense scenes come in. What the producers did was hide the cameras behind the trees so the audience, or should I say, the kids, see chimps killing each other. THIS IS DUMBED-DOWN GARBAGE THAT NOBODY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD WOULD PAY TO SEE! THIS IS WORSE THAN THE IDIOCRACY MADE IN THE HUNGER GAMES!

Another problem with this movie is Tim Allan's narration. Although I find Tim to be a funny actor, he wasn't that convincing as a narrator. All he did was make dumb, cheesy, stupid jokes and use his famous grunt. Where's James Earl Jones when you need him?

Although Chimpanzee is garbage, I was impressed with the cinematography in some scenes. For instance, a rainstorm scene appears in slow-motion seeing the wonderfulness of the beautiful earth we live in.

Despite that, I thought that Chimpanzee is a dumb, boring, stupid, and uninspiring movie that should be avoided at all costs.
½ April 18, 2012
Visually stunning and quite eventful and touching, Chimpanzee is a solid film which was ruined by its annoying narrator who at times makes so retarded remarks that you start to wonder if the film was made for toddlers.
March 7, 2013
This heavily edited documentary lays it on thick with the melodrama, but you cannot deny how beautiful it is and the detail in which they captured these animals.
September 26, 2012
By catching a one-of-a-kind true story on camera for the first and probably only time really makes up for Tim Allen's commentary.
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