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Chimpanzee Blu-ray Review

August 23, 2012 by admin - Jennifer  
Filed under Reviews

Company: Disneynature
Item Reviewed: Chimpanzee Blu-ray

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” and “African Cats,” comes “Chimpanzee” — a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African forest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. His playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Stunning hi-definition images bring you up close and personal as Oscar and his family navigate the complex territory of the forest. It’s an inspiring and life-changing adventure that overflows with courage and charm. And it will capture your heart.

Bonus Features:

  • “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”—This feature details the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program and how for every copy of the film purchased until August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation to JGI to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. The feature also includes an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
  • Disney’s Friends for Change—This feature highlights Disney’s Friends for Change, a program that showcases steps that kids and families can take to make a positive impact on the world and the people and animals that live there.
  • Disney’s Conservation Legacy—This feature provides a look at the conservation efforts that Disney sponsors around the world.
  • ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE” is a series of exciting short features that delve further into the incredible lengths the filmmakers went to tell the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family.
    • 30 Years in the Making—The story of the team of researchers who have been observing chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast for 30 years.
    • The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”—A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the film was made.
    • Piece of the Puzzle—A cameraman’s two-hour daily trek through the forest to get to the chimpanzees.
    • Don’t Blame the Tool—An observation of the chimpanzees’ daily lives and how they use rocks as tools to prepare their food.
    • Scar’s Army—An inside look at the struggles between the film’s two rival chimpanzee groups who share the same forest home.
    • Camp Invaders—A featurette on all the creepy, crawly creatures found at the filmmakers’ forest camp.
    • Forest of Bees—A feature detailing how the crew spent two days wading through a sea of bees that inhabited their filming location in order to capture 20 seconds of footage.
  • “Rise” Music Video—A music video featuring Hollywood Records recording artists McClain Sisters who wrote and performed the inspirational song that plays during the film’s end credits.
  • Behind the Scenes of “Rise”—An inside look at McClain Sisters music video shoot.

My Thoughts

Chimpanzee is a movie that my whole family enjoyed watching. My daughters had an immediate care factor for Oscar with my little one asking if she could have him as her pet. We all loved watching his antics and adventures as he played in the forest. It was really endearing to see how he was throughout the movie and at times had us sad for him and the next minute happy for him. My husband and I liked watching the 30 years in the making bonus features and my two girls, who are fans of the McClain sisters loved the bonus features with the music video and shoot. Chimpanzee is an all around great family movie and it is one that I am happy to have added to our Blu-ray library!


One Response to “Chimpanzee Blu-ray Review”
  1. Chris says:

    This is really an amazing movie because of its unlikely story, stunning visuals, and ability to educate. My 2 boys and I simply loved it when we saw it in theaters. We went see it after a coworker at Dish recommended it as having a kid friendly story. My boys enjoyed it so much that right after we saw it I added it to my Blockbuster @Home queue, and it showed up in the mail last Friday. We watched the movie and extras over the weekend, and the boys had a lot of fun acting like chimps and talking about the environment. I love being able to rent those expensive Blu-Ray’s to see if the boys will really watch them before I buy them, and I think that this one is definitely a keeper!

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