Deep in the African forest lives a chimpanzee named Oscar, a playful and curious young ape whose mother Isha loves him and who's part of a solid troop lead by a formidable chimp named Freddy. This fourth Disneynature film follows Oscar through a breathtakingly gorgeous forest on his journey toward adulthood--focusing in as Oscar learns crucial life skills, like finding food and cracking nuts by imitating his mother and the other members of his troop. When food becomes scarce, the chimps turn toward an unexpected source of protein--the local colobus monkeys. The footage of their surprising offensive against the monkeys manages to convey all the suspense and tension of the attack and its aftermath without ever actually showing the kill. When a rival group of chimps threatens to wrest control of a crucial nut grove from Freddy's tribe, it's all out war between the two troops and the unthinkable happens. When it looks like Oscar won't survive the aftereffects of the battle, a most unexpected development provides a glimmer of hope for his future. There are two keys to any great nature film: the cinematography and the ability of the filmmakers to translate that footage into a powerful story. Chimpanzee
succeeds on both fronts. The up-close look at chimpanzees in their natural habitat going about their normal activities is extremely rare and quite moving, and the footage of forest details, like the time-lapse growth of plants, mushrooms expelling their spores, the fungal glow of the forest at night, and a dramatic lightning storm, is exceptionally beautiful. Producers Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, with the help of Tim Allen's surprisingly apt narration, have seamlessly interwoven this amazing photographic journey with the moving story of one adorable chimp to create an immensely powerful story about family, perseverance, teamwork, and triumph. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you EARTH, OCEANS and AFRICAN CATS, comes CHIMPANZEE -- a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. Full of curiosity, a zest for discovery, joy and a love for mimicking others, they are some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Stunning high-definition images bring you up close and personal as Oscar and his family navigate the complex territory of the forest. It's an inspiring and life-changing adventure that overflows with courage and charm. And it will capture your heart.