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 “Chimpanzee" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

From Disneynature, comes Chimpanzee - a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African rainforest 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. Full of curiosity, a zest for discovery, joy, and a love for mimicking others, they are 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.

Specifications

  • Disneynature Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 18 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p 
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English DTS-HD Master 5.1
  • Starring: The voice of Tim Allen
  • Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Rating
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  • Violence: Slight
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Like African Cats before it, Chimpanzee is a pseudo-documentary that will entertain both the young and old. My nephew complained that the chimps don’t talk in this movie, but what does he know? He’s five years old! Tim Allen does a pretty good job with narration and doesn’t stray into goofiness. A lot of time and work went into filming this in the rainforest and the effort pays off in the end. Most of us will never get this close to chimps in our life time. Recommended, especially for 5+.

Technical

Stunning PQ and equally good sound makes this film look very nice on the big screen. Details are super crisp and the dark shadows of the rainforest never degrade into murkiness. Like almost all of the Disneynature flix, this one has impeccable picture and sound.

Extras

In-depth behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the filmmakers efforts to document the making of the film, a feature on Disney’s conservation efforts, and the McClain Sisters “Rise” music video.