Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee (2012)

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… More

Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chimpanzee often anthropomorphizes its subjects, but it's a beautifully filmed, remarkably intimate look at the lives of a family of primates.

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.

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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 anthropomorphizes its simian subjects.

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

It's beautifully photographed, whimsically narrated by Tim Allen and keeps completely schtum about the rough sex and the cannibalism.

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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap

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.

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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 downright enlightening.

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Alistair Harkness
Scotsman

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 ...

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday

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

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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.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The presentation makes one wince, and the most striking footage is some behind-the-scenes shots that accompany the credits.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
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… More
Nathan Castro
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… More
Julie B
This was really great. Rather snarky narration for a disney flick. Beautifully filmed and you'll only tear up a little bit. Probably.
John C
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… More
Bradley J
A wonderful Earth Day gift from Disneynature. Chimpanzee is touching, enjoyable, and features incredible jungle footage with the neon mushrooms and the slowed… More
Nikki Meroney
Cute little documentary about an adorable Chimp named Oscar.