Disneynature Chimpanzee Reviews

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May 5, 2013
The presentation makes one wince, and the most striking footage is some behind-the-scenes shots that accompany the credits.
May 5, 2013
Chimpanzees share 96 per cent of our DNA and a common Pan Prior ancestry. We'll bet they're embarrassed to admit as much when they see this.
May 3, 2013
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 2, 2013
Even by the standards of sentimental nature documentaries, Disney's Chimpanzee borders on the pathetic.
May 12, 2012
For some reason, Disney thought it would be a brilliant idea to have overrated and "shoot me in my face" irritating actor/comedian Tim Allen to talk over the ape action. What a horrible idea!
May 4, 2012
We get a dumbed-down narration (by Tim Allen) that telegraphs what the audience should be feeling at every second.
May 2, 2012
Little Oscar's life is by definition eventful, as each day holds risk, from predators and weather and scarcity of food.
April 27, 2012
Don't be fooled: The humans are the only ones mugging here.
April 20, 2012
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.
April 20, 2012
Unfortunately, when so many strings have been pulled along the way, Oscar's triumph feels contrived for dramatic impact, even though it really happened.
April 20, 2012
I would have preferred a straightforward nature documentary examining the clan life of chimpanzees instead of an animal story given human trappings with the narrator [Tim Allen]literally putting words in their mouths.
April 19, 2012
It's particularly telling when the footage playing during the end credits is better and more insightful than anything in the film proper.
April 19, 2012
It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element.
April 19, 2012
While it goes without saying that all nature documentaries are handled with some degree of editorial magic to come alive, Chimpanzee feels overly finessed, demanding to be loved instead of aspiring to inform.
April 19, 2012
To experience "Chimpanzee," the latest piece of gorgeously shot pablum from Disneynature, is to endure an orgy of cuteness pasted over some of the most asinine narration ever to ruin a wildlife movie.
April 19, 2012
...the narration includes unnecessary jokey head balloon comments and strained attempts at drama.
Top Critic
April 19, 2012
Perhaps the best strategy for enjoying the movie would be to a) leave sensitive tykes at home and b) bring a portable music player to provide an alternative soundtrack.
April 19, 2012
The point of these movies should be to observe reality, not to shape reality into the equivalent of a cute animated movie.
April 19, 2012
In seeking to make frothy entertainment out of the growing pains of an orphaned baby chimp named Oscar, with an insipid story and almost mocking narration by Tim Allen, it runs counter to its professed scientific intentions.
April 19, 2012
It isn't easy to insult the intelligence of preschoolers, but Chimpanzee's insistence on turning the two gangs into the Sharks and the Jets does the job long before Allen lapses into his Home Improvement grunting.
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