I read a clipping about the movie, and it mentioned this book, so I came on amazon to purchase it. The book is lovely. Large, hard-bound, stunning photographs, and really transported me into the jungle, with its descriptions of the hardships and amazements which go along with spending so much time shooting stills and video for a feature film.
The photography, as expected for a Nat Geo book, is superb. The book tells of the great effort required to film this awesome documentary. From the building of the special residence/office to the care with which they photograph (keeping distance so as not to introduce foreign germs) it is magical to see this story come together. I love the pages that show each chimp (like a high school yearbook format) then beneath describes who on the crew loved that particular one and for what reason. What serendipity these filmmakers had, and deserved, when the little orphaned chimp was adopted by a male and lead chimpanzee. It captures sad as well as humorous moments. Because of the name of the book being simply "Chimpanzee" several of my friends have not been able to bring the title up in order to purchase it. Also, the film was shown for brief "special showings" and many folks missed seeing it. Not sure how to help them locate the book or future showings. It's delightful, and one can appreciate the book on its own merits without having to see the movie.
My daughter loved this book for her 9th birthday. She LOVES chimpanzees. We saw the movie in the theatre and then got the dvd over Christmas. So this book was a great companion. The pitures are big and beautiful.
I have for a number of years now been someone who loved animals of all sorts. More recently I have taken an active interest in the protection and welfare of animals. This interest has also come to include those animals which are endangered. I recently viewed the film Disneynatures chimpanzee. I enjoyed the film immensely and was most impressed with the effort that went into the making of the film. However, it was the book "Chimpanzee the Making of the Film", which helped me to more greatly understand what a challenge and yet rewarding project this had been. In conclusion. both the film and the book did their part in helping me to realize that I to must take a more active role Meaning I must do my part to help keep this wonderful creature known as the chimpanzee from becoming completely extinct.