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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 leaves Oscar to fend for himself with a little help from an unexpected ally. -- (C) Disneynature

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver 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 anthropomorphizes its simian subjects."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It's beautifully photographed, whimsically narrated by Tim Allen and keeps completely schtum about the rough sex and the cannibalism."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Chimpanzees share 96 per cent of our DNA and a common Pan Prior ancestry. We'll bet they're embarrassed to admit as much when they see this."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Words (narration by Tim Allen) and syrupy music let it down but it's still great to watch."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"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 downright enlightening."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"As a primate primer for the younger end of the family market, Chimpanzee does a good job of inspiring awe in our closest cousins and doesn't stint on harsh "circle of life" lessons ..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"With no sign of Tarzan there's little genuine drama in Chimpanzee and this film probably won't save any rainforests, but it's heartfelt, beautifully shot and you'll never use a nutcracker without thinking of little Oscar."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The final five minutes give location interviews with the hardworking camera crew, and this is the only time when this plasticky film comes alive."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Walt Disney himself couldn't have scripted "Chimpanzee" any better."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"One wonders whether more than a few viewers won't want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The presentation makes one wince, and the most striking footage is some behind-the-scenes shots that accompany the credits."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Cuteness proximity alert! Cuteness proximity alert!"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Even by the standards of sentimental nature documentaries, Disney's Chimpanzee borders on the pathetic."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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