Disneynature Chimpanzee Reviews

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September 5, 2017
Though the Chucklevision script is clearly targeted at human cubs, the astonishing up-close chimp footage is a wow for all ages, if only us elders were allowed to enjoy it in peace.
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
Words (narration by Tim Allen) and syrupy music let it down but it's still great to watch.
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.
April 28, 2013
Gives us a hero to root for, but it's not coy on the tougher side of the natural world either.
May 15, 2012
There are a number of breathless sequences here, that's a fact, and while the film does at times repeat itself visually that doesn't make any of the images presented any less astounding.
May 3, 2012
Has the makings of a great nature documentary … If only Allen didn't keep elbowing us in the ribs to make sure that we get it.
April 27, 2012
Don't be fooled: The humans are the only ones mugging here.
April 21, 2012
Technically speaking, the film is breathtaking -- made up of crisp and clear long shots, intimate peeks inside the rainforest, and a wealth of consistently used time-lapse footage that is jaw-dropping.
April 20, 2012
Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats.
April 20, 2012
Older kids and grownups will be especially impressed with behind-the-scenes footage that is shown at the end of the picture, where we see some of the techniques that directors...Fothergill and...Linfield employ to capture their amazing footage.
April 20, 2012
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.
April 20, 2012
Walt Disney himself couldn't have scripted "Chimpanzee" any better.
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
It's really a wonder of nature, a reminder of how we are bound to other species and how valuable and special and downright magical their lives are. It may be a bit corny at times, but it's also downright enlightening.
April 20, 2012
One wonders whether more than a few viewers won't want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film.
April 20, 2012
We don't see footage of different chimps and have to pretend it's the same; this is one fellow, from one clan, trying to survive.
April 20, 2012
Produced in association with the Jane Goodall Institute, "Chimpanzee" is an eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity.
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.
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