As many of you know, I spent the past 5 days in Florida on press trip for Disneynature‘s Chimpanzee. Before we saw the premiere of the film, we walked the red carpet with celebrities! Chimpanzee opens in theaters everywhere on April 20th.
(OK maybe they aren’t all celebrities?!)
About the film itself:
I knew the film would be breathtakingly beautiful- it is, after all, a Disney film and I anticipated amazing scenery and storytelling.
What I didn’t know was that I’d walk into that film not knowing much at all about chimpanzees and I would walk out having fallen madly in love with chipmanzees as a whole.
The artistry of the people who filmed and edited this film is simply amazing. Breathtaking. Beautiful. They managed to capture the souls of each of the chimpanzees with their lenses and cameras. I think that was what made me fall so in love with the chimps- it wasn’t just the beautiful storyline, although that most certainly fed into it, but the depth of emotions and relationships that were captured, how they were captured, and the way they were presented to us, the viewers, on the screen, simply leaves you with you no choice but to fall in love. Directors Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield have once again brought us a film that will touch you, teach you, and inspire you.
You will not just see chimps in this film- you will also see some phenomenal time lapse shots of plants growing- simply amazing. I’ve not seen anything like some of these plants and watching how they grow is just really cool to see.
Tim Allen narrates this tale of dear, sweet baby Oscar, his mama Isha, and Oscar’s eventual adoption by a very surprising member of his extended group. Tim Allen is warm, he’s funny, he’s genuine…and he’s perfect for the narration. I’m used to Tim Allen doing lots of jokes and being silly more than serious, and his narration gave me a new appreciation of what he’s able to do.
Within minutes of the opening credits, you have a very good visual understanding of where chimps live and what it is they do to survive. It’s after several minutes that you will meet Oscar, the star of this film and I challenge you to not swoon over the tiny baby chimp he is when he’s born. I’d admit I wasn’t overly familiar with chipmanzees as a whole beyond general knowledge and I was suprised at how very humanlike the babies look! The relationship and bond between mother and son is there, so clear, and so vivid, leaving no question in my mind that these animals are amazing creatures with such ability to love and care for their young.
It is fun, adorable and fascinating to watch the footage caught of Oscar trying to climb trees in his early days, trying to crack nuts, to “fish” for ants- I learned so much myself watching this film but also just thoroughly enjoyed myself while watching Oscar!
Disneynature has done an amazing job with Chimpanzee, and they are also doing a great thing…When you see Chimpanzee opening week, Disneynature will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. GO SEE IT. I will be taking my kids for sure!! Don’t forget, this film opens everywhere on April 20th. GO SEE CHIMPANZEE!!
See what Couponers United had to say about our trip down the red carpet together!
I was invited to attend the red carpet premiere and other events by Disney and Global Resort Homes. My travel and most expenses were paid for. Opinions are my own.