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CHIMPANZEE (2012)
 
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Release Date: April 20, 2012
Studio: Disneynature
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Screenwriters: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Starring: Tim Allen, China Anne McClain, Real Chimpanzees
Genre: True Life Adventure
MPAA Rating: G
Official Website: Disney.com/Chimpanzee

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with "Chimpanzee," a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable baby chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar's playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar's chimpanzee family--including his mom and the group's savvy leader--navigates the complex territory of the forest.

The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps, who'd rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar's family is confronted by a rival band of chimps, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever. Directed by Alastair Fothergill ("African Cats" and "Earth") and Mark Linfield ("Earth"), "Chimpanzee" swings into theaters on Earth Day 2012.

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CHIMPANZEE (2012)
Visual Review by David Bruce



(iPad/iPhone here) Trailer
Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with "Chimpanzee," a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar's playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar's chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group's savvy leader, Freddy—navigates the complex territory of the forest.


Theme: The Nature of Life


Director Mark Linfield, Photographer Bill Wallauer, and camera assistant Ed Anderson


JANE GOODALL with the filmmakers


OSCAR is a feisty, funny and adorable young chimpanzee. His high-energy spirit and sense of adventure shine as he plays with his little friends and learns the ways of the world under the watchful eye of mom Isha. "The first time you see tiny Oscar and he looks out at you with those wonderful eyes," says Fothergill, "you just can't help but go ‘aah!' It happens every time we show the film: the whole theater falls in love with him from the very first moment he appears on screen." But life in the rainforest isn't always fun and games and Oscar has a lot to learn. He teams up with a very special and unexpected teacher who shares the most valuable tool of all: love.


FREDDY is the powerful and highly respected leader of Oscar's chimpanzee family. He is in charge of keeping everyone safe and knows just where to go to find breakfast, lunch and dinner. "Freddy is an impressive alpha male," says renowned chimpanzee expert and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. "There's no mistaking his self-confidence and assertiveness. Even the way he walks let's you know he's the boss." Freddy takes his responsibilities very seriously, so he has little time for fun.


Oscar and Freddy. Oscar rests in his adopted father's lap



(iPad/iPhone here) Featurette: Chimpanzee Story


ISHA is Oscar's loving mother and sole caretaker. "The bond between the two of them is immediately tangible," says director Mark Linfield, "and the level of nurturing Isha shows is incredibly touching." She grooms Oscar, nurses him and serves as his personal taxi throughout the rainforest. Like all mothers, she is challenged with Oscar's restless ways—often missing out on well-deserved naps due to his shenanigans. But she loves her son dearly and would do anything for him.



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: Power Tools


Isha and Oscar eating Sacoglottis fruit.



(iPad/iPhone here) Featurette: The Making Of


The Rivals



(iPad/iPhone here) Featurette: See Chimpanzee Save Chimpanzees


"You've probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us." --Walt Disney

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