From Disneynature, Chimpanzee is a true life adventure filmed on location in Africa. The focus of the story is little Oscar, an adorable little chimp full of curiosity and a zest for life. Unfortunately, Oscar's mother is killed by a rival band of Chimps so the little fellow must learn how to survive without the one constant companion and caretaker he has had in his young lifetime.
The film is an interesting and very entertaining look at the lives of this Chimpanzee's extended family. The group is led by Freddy, an unlikely hero in the end. Oscar and his fellow youngsters romp and play in the jungle, and remain close to their group as the "family" moves from location to location to gather food. All the while, a rival chimpanzee group wants to push them out of their territory, but it is up to Freddy to keep them all safe and guard their land.
Chimpanzee is delightful, except for the fact that little Oscar's mother is killed. If you have sensitive children, keep this in mind when deciding about this film. The little boy in front of me at my screening was quite upset when Oscar's mother died, even though it happened out of sight.
Chimpanzee is the fourth film in the Disneynature series of true-life adventures. The first three movies from Disneynature were Earth, Oceans, and African Cats. They are among the top four highest grossing feature films about nature. Chimpanzee looks like it will follow in their footsteps.
Narrated by Tim Allen, who adds a lot of humor to the story while describing what the chimps are doing - and possibly thinking - this movie is a window into real life. It is not an animated story. It is real. And, if all the animators out there will not be offended, it is doubtful that anyone could create an as adorable and delightful little chimpanzee as Oscar. He takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster. But rest assured, there is a happy ending.
Parents should take all of this under consideration before taking their children to this movie. It is, however, a fun little film with an endearing star and a good education about the lives of chimpanzees in the wild.
Chimpanzee opens April 20, 2012. Celebrate Earth Day and Mother Nature with Oscar and the gang.
Francine Brokaw has been covering the entertainment business for over 12 years. She also writes about technology and has been a travel writer for the past 10 years. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She was a contributor to the 1993 book RFK: Collected Speeches, and her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists, will be out summer of 2012 from Sourced Media Books.