Disneynature Chimpanzee


Disneynature Chimpanzee

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Chimpanzee often anthropomorphizes its subjects, but it's a beautifully filmed, remarkably intimate look at the lives of a family of primates.



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In theaters Earth Day 2012, Disneynature's newest True Life Adventure introduces Oscar, a baby chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest until a twist of fate leaves Oscar to fend for himself with a little help from an unexpected ally. -- (C) Disneynature


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Critic Reviews for Disneynature Chimpanzee

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (24)

  • Words (narration by Tim Allen) and syrupy music let it down but it's still great to watch.

    May 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The final five minutes give location interviews with the hardworking camera crew, and this is the only time when this plasticky film comes alive.

    May 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • Of course, if you're a fan of old-school Disney True-Life Adventure tales like "Joker: The Amiable Ocelot," then you're used to this sort of sanitizing of the world's rougher edges.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic
  • Walt Disney himself couldn't have scripted "Chimpanzee" any better.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • Resurrects some of the worst traits of the studio's True-Life Adventures series of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, dubiously shaping some amazing footage with cornball narration that relentlessly anthropomorphizes its simian subjects.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disneynature Chimpanzee

  • Sep 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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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.
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    Cute little documentary about an adorable Chimp named Oscar.
    Nikki M Super Reviewer
  • 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)
    John C Super Reviewer

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