Chimpanzee Movie Trailer #1
Chimpanzee Movie Trailer #2MPAA Rating: G
Genre: True Life Adventure
Runtime: 75 minutes
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Chimpanzee - Official Synopsis
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.
See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees
Each Disneynature movie has given back to the animals and environments captured in the films by donating a portion of the first week's movie ticket purchases to the cause. This time, Disneynature joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for a special "See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees" program. For every moviegoer who sees the film during 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.
JGI was founded by Jane Goodall and is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. According to the Jane Goodall Institute website, the organization has the following specific goals:
- Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy
- Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities
- Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them
Since there are many worthy causes to donate our time and money to, and many different species and habitats that are worthy of support and help, it can be hard to decide where to allocate our precious resources to provide help. Each of the Disneynature films highlights and brings publicity to one way that we can get involved. While the momentum is there, it can be fun and rewarding to jump in and do something. It's also a great opportunity to teach kids about giving back and being good stewards over the earth and it's inhabitants.
Also, just like the other Disneynature films, Chimpanzee has a fabulous educator's guide that you can download and use at home or at school. Because they are related to the movie, kids see these as more fun than educational, but they are very educational and provide fun activities, facts and ideas to help kids learn more about the animals and their environments.
For more activity ideas and educational materials for kids, see our Chimpanzee activity guide.