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In theaters Earth Day 2012, Disneynature's newest True Life Adventure introduces Oscar, a baby chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest until a twist of fate le... read more read more...aves Oscar to fend for himself with a little help from an unexpected ally. -- (C) Disneynature

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G, 1 hr. 17 min.

Directed by: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

Release Date: April 20, 2012

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DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012

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  • September 12, 2012
    For Oscar, every day is an adventure.

    Good Disney Nature movie! Gorgeously filmed and just the right length to keep smaller ones from getting bored, I was amazed at the footage that the filmmakers got of these chimps. I am one of those who has trouble leaving the primate area o... read moref the zoo and it does make you marvel at their similarities with humans.You'll feel like you just went on a trip to the rain forest of Africa, and I can't imagine a child or teen not liking this. Or an adult for that matter.

    Oscar, a baby chimpanzee is enjoying his life with his mother in the jungles along the Ivory Coast. Without warning, young Oscar is tragically orphaned during an attack from a rival group of chimpanzees. Afterwards, he attempts to survive on his own, and to be accepted by the other chimps. But Oscar struggles, until he is surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of his group.
  • August 23, 2012
    This was really great. Rather snarky narration for a disney flick. Beautifully filmed and you'll only tear up a little bit. Probably.
  • April 22, 2012
    A wonderful Earth Day gift from Disneynature. Chimpanzee is touching, enjoyable, and features incredible jungle footage with the neon mushrooms and the slowed down rain fall being the highlights. Chimpanzee is a great family film that's gentle enough without watering down the bru... read moretality of the animals' lives. Overall Rating: 84
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    April 20, 2012
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    With the recent collection of Disneynature films (African Cats, Oceans, Earth, etc.), they have added another film into the mix, which dives into the lives of chimpanzees. Can Chimpanzee carry the legacy of Disneynature's films? One thing it does well is that the cute charm of th... read moree chimpanzees might woo you in. It's one of the films main strengths, and you actually feel for the main character Oscar, and his antics throughout the film. The film is also pretty funny and has its fair share of surprising things you might notice. Tim Allen also does a good job as narrator, giving the chimpanzees character in certain situations. It is quite short at 72 minutes but the film makes use of its limited time, showcasing everything chimpanzees need to thrive and survive. Overall, a very pleasant family film, with some comedy, suspense and emotional moments thrown in.
  • May 20, 2012
    Enjoyed this more than the other Disney Nature film (Oceans) but this one suffers as did that one from exquisite cinematography marred by crappy script and lackluster narration. Does anyone really go to see Chimpanzee to hear Tim Allen's voice? Next time Disney needs to throw mo... read morere $ at script and less at talent. Nevertheless it was great spending 80 minutes with Oscar and the gang. (5-20-12)
  • July 4, 2012
    Cute little documentary about an adorable Chimp named Oscar.
  • April 21, 2012
    The story of Oscar and his "community" (aka family/tribe) definitely sucked me in and it's fascinating the way that Chimpanzees use tools to do things. One thing I could done less with was Tim Allen's narration, I kept picturing him as "Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor." It's solid film... read more though if you're looking for something to take the whole family to see.
  • August 9, 2013
    Chimpanzee is a well directed heartfelt and funny movie. But it was to short and it didn't feel complete by the end.
    GRADE:B+
  • December 24, 2012
    Wonderful (meaning cute and sweet), sad, but wonderful as both Disney and Disneynature always makes films appealing to families. (B+)
  • ThomasJayWilliams
    September 14, 2012
    ThomasJayWilliams
    Disneynature dives deep into the wild forests of Africa for their latest (voiced-over with spin) True Life Adventure documentary, Chimpanzee. If one does not enjoy observing nature, than Chimpanzee is NOT a movie for him/her. Disneynature has now tackled a couple of films for a... read more niche audience, and Chimpanzee does the same with this much-respected member of the animal kingdom that is quite closely related to the human being. Chimpanzee is put together by using hours of compiled documentary footage with a simple voice over by Tim Allen (Toy Story 1-3, Galaxy Quest, The Santa Clause films) who helps create a narrative for the film (so what we see is real although the narration embellishes the action). The film begins by following a community chimpanzees (complete with the Alpha male, the mothers and babies and other supporting males) as they trek their "territory" in search of vital food -- be that nuts, fruit or even meat (!). The film provides a fictional narration -- most likely to keep the interest of a younger audience -- but it also provides much insight into the lives of chimpanzees (as I had NO idea they hunted meat). The young chimpanzee at the heart of the film has been named Oscar and the film follows him through some rough Disney times (remember that the situations are ALL real and so sensitive, gentle-hearted viewers might require a few tissue for their sniffles). There are parts here that I did not want to see; but one cannot sugar-coat nature and the film-as-a-whole informs. After seeing another 2012 documentary film, Project Nim -- about a chimpanzee that was initially brought-up as a human child in a posh 1980's NYC apartment building as a social/behavioral experiment but later abandoned as man realized his folly of trying to tame a wild beast -- it is nice seeing this contrast with a chimpanzee brought up as nature intends. Where Project Nim was ultimately heartbreaking because of humanity's lack of humanity, Chimpanzee allows for a chimp to be a chimp where they take care of their own. They begin as adorable creatures (Oscar and Nim make you melt!) and as they grow they should command respect. Not everyone will; but not everyone appreciates nature.

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Lisa Kennedy
April 20, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
April 20, 2012
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

Of course, if you're a fan of old-school Disney True-Life Adventure tales like "Joker: The Amiable Ocelot," then you're used to this sort of sanitizing of the world's rougher edges. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
April 20, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Walt Disney himself couldn't have scripted "Chimpanzee" any better. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
April 20, 2012
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Resurrects some of the worst traits of the studio's True-Life Adventures series of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, dubiously shaping some amazing footage with cornball narration that relentlessly anthropomo... Full Review

Tom Long
April 20, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

It's really a wonder of nature, a reminder of how we are bound to other species and how valuable and special and downright magical their lives are. It may be a bit corny at times, but it's also downri... Full Review

Michael O'Sullivan
April 20, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

One wonders whether more than a few viewers won't want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
April 20, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

We don't see footage of different chimps and have to pretend it's the same; this is one fellow, from one clan, trying to survive. Full Review

Joe Williams
April 20, 2012
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Produced in association with the Jane Goodall Institute, "Chimpanzee" is an eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. Full Review

Liam Lacey
April 20, 2012
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Unfortunately, when so many strings have been pulled along the way, Oscar's triumph feels contrived for dramatic impact, even though it really happened. Full Review

Peter Hartlaub
April 20, 2012
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase. Full Review

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