From Learning the Ropes to Losing his Momma: @Disneynature’s Chimpanzee Shows the Raw Jungle life of Little Oscar

April 20, 2012 Comments Off on From Learning the Ropes to Losing his Momma: @Disneynature’s Chimpanzee Shows the Raw Jungle life of Little Oscar
From Learning the Ropes to Losing his Momma: @Disneynature’s Chimpanzee Shows the Raw Jungle life of Little Oscar

It’s a movie that will move you.

From deep in the jungle in the Ivory Coast’s isolated Tai Forest, a group of Chimpanzees with their communal spirit live and play in a way that is characteristic of human life.

Last month I attended the Disney/Pixar Event in San Francisco and had the pleasure of touring the Pixar Studio, screen the movies Brave and La Luna and had my heartstrings yanked by Oscar the adorable Chimpanzee in DisneyNature’s Chimpanzee released April 20th!

This movie is epic. I never thought I would see animals engage each other with mannerisms and emotions so closely matched with humans. They are intelligent, have a warm nature and on-point parental and child-rearing instincts. Catching the Chimpanzees in the wild was difficult for directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield. The storyline swayed from following a family of chimps and chronicling their life to patching together a more heartfelt story of a little chimp named Oscar and his mother Isha, who he ultimately loses.

Deep in the dense brush, Isha  nurses Oscar with love and shows him the ropes in the rough jungle with compassion and care. She has patience for Oscar as she teaches him everything from picking berries and nuts to being careful in the dangerous territory of their rival “Scar” and his gang.

Oscar is a cute, cuddly little Chimpanzee documented in DisneyNature’s Chimpanzee who’s had a life so rough in the jungle, you’d think he was living in South Central! His family got attacked by a fellow “gang” of chimps and the consequences from the attack will leave you sad and broken-hearted and wanting to call your kids to just say, I love you. Sigh.

Oscar has a loving momma who tends and cares for him with the love a mom like me has for my own kids.  It’s just so sweet to see how Chimpanzee have family life and are social within their circle. The baby chimps play and bother their parents just like human kids do.

But the movie shows the true reality of life in the wild. I learned from watching the movie that Chimpanzees eat monkeys and thankfully the directors cut away so there is no blood and gore as the Chimps corner a few monkeys and have a field day feasting on them.

This movie has a heart-breaking moment when Oscar loses his mother when she disappears after a rival gang stormed the territory of Oscar’s family with the leader Freddy leading the pack. But your heart will soon glow to see that Freddy becomes a surrogate dad of sorts to Oscar after the little one deals with trying to find his way on his own.

Chimpanzee is educational and heart-felt which is a great combination for your kids.  They will learn about these exceptional creatures, and how they live similar to humans and feel for these creatures as they gain more of an understanding that they are becoming extinct.  And in just one weekend you can teach your kids how to make a difference by going to see Chimpanzee. For every moviegoer who sees “Chimpanzee” during the film’s opening week (April 20-26, 2012), Disneynature will make a donation to JGI through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in order to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.

Go see Chimpanzee and save a chimp. It’s the HUMAN thing to do.


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.

The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimpanzees, 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 chimpanzees, 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”), and narrated by Tim Allen (ABC’s “Last Man Standing”), “Chimpanzee” swings into theaters on April 20, 2012, just in time for Earth Day.
Notes:”Chimpanzee” is the fourth release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.The first three releases under the Disneynature label – “Earth,” “Oceans” and “African Cats” – are among the top four highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958).  The films earned eight Academy Awards®.Disneynature joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for a special “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” program.

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