The adorable movie Chipmanzee by Disneynature opens today, April 20th in the Detroit Metro Area.  We had the opportunity to catch an early screening at the Uptown Palladium inBirmingham and loved it.  The cinematography was just gorgeous, we actually felt like we were deep in the jungle – right beside the chimps.   A special bonus with this film that is being released on Earth Day 2012, is that Disneynature has joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for a special “See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzee” program.  For every moviegoer that sees the film during opening week (April 20-26) Disneynature will make a donation to JGI through the Disney World Wide Conservation Fund in order to protect chimpanzees and their habitat.  How cool is that?


Here is a little about the movie; the main character is a baby chimp called Oscar, that’s him on the poster with those huge brown eyes!  The movie tells the story of a chimpanzee family in the African jungle and their daily struggles to survive.  Most of the turmoil surrounds food, having enough and protecting the territory where the food can be found.  Rival band of chimps are constantly trying to move in on Oscar’s family territory.  I had no idea that life in the jungle was so complex. The movie gets brutal at times but is presented in a way that is not all that traumatic.  Tim Allen narrates the film and does an excellent job of making things crystal clear (since the chimps don’t speak) and adding some humor. Oscar is so completely lovable that even the toughest old chimp can’t resist him.


Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”), “Chimpanzee” swings into theaters on Earth Day 2012. (Disneynature) This film is rated G.  For more information you can visit Disneynature.


We received 2 complimentary tickets for the movie screening to facilitate this review.  All opinions are honest and my own.


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