Duration: 78 Mins
Age Level: JK and up
Who doesn’t love animals? Especially those small, furry, round, cute looking ones. You just can’t stop yourself from ‘awww-ing’ when they look up at you with those big innocent eyes. Chimpanzee offers an enjoyable movie experience for you and your children as well as being educational, best of both worlds!
In the Disney Nature movie, Chimpanzee, we meet a little guy named Oscar. We go along on his journey through the African rain forest. Being able to watch real life footage of animals in their natural habitat is a wonderful thing and a nice change of pace for children. With the dulcet rainforest tones (such as exotic birds, creepy insects, cute chimps and the diverse weather) you can’t help but feel like you’re sitting and watching Oscar from behind the bush.
His community of relatives and friends is much bigger than what we humans are used to. Friends become part of the family and travel in large groups following one chimp as the big daddy (not to be confused with the sugar daddy), he’s like the king of the rain forest. We watch as Oscar plays with his friends, gets into mischief and learns how to use tools to survive on his own.
I was pleasantly surprised with the different levels of emotion I experienced on this journey with Oscar. One minute I was happy watching the chimps run amongst the trees and the next I was heart broken watching the struggles these creatures must endure. I have always been a fan of Disney’s ability to provide an enjoyable rollercoaster ride of different emotions. Of course you can count on Disney to include some representation of the ‘bad guys’. During the movie Oscar and his family run into another group of chimps in the forest and it comes down to a dispute for territory between the two groups of chimps.
I loved this movie the first time I saw it I marked it down as a must see for my kindergarten children. Luckily, soon after the children in my group showed some interest in forest animals and I brought this in for them to watch.
Although it has a slow beginning and there are somewhat long pauses of scenery with no words, the children did well sitting through the whole movie. I would recommend this movie for children in Junior Kindergarten and up; the level of violence in the movie is still acceptable for the JK’s and has a wonderful scientific approach for the older children.
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