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Disneynature: Chimpanzee

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Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield

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About the Movie

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans and African Cats, 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. And it will capture your heart.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 95
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: To experience "Chimpanzee," the latest piece of gorgeously shot pablum from Disneynature, is to endure an orgy of cuteness pasted over some of the most asinine narration ever to ruin a wildlife movie. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Apr 19, 2012

Fresh: [It] might as well be called "Simply Irresistible," because thanks to the mischievous monkeyshines of a baby chimp named Oscar, it comes pretty close. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Apr 20, 2012

Fresh: The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 20, 2012

Fresh: All audiences stand to be charmed except those grouches who prefer their animals to be valued as animals rather than as furry little people. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 19, 2012

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Customer Reviews


"Chimpanzee" is a small, but enlightening nature film that chronicles the story of an adorable, rambunctious young chimp named Oscar. We follow little Oscar as he plays with other chimps his own age and learns how to fend for himself. But when he tragically loses his mother in a twist of fate, Oscar is taken in by an unexpected elderly friend whom he soon shares a close bond with. The story itself is sweet and sentimental, but there are times when it can be anthropomorphized to exhaustion by Tim Allen's unnecessarily silly and self-conscious narration style. However, most young viewers won't seem to mind. What I really have to commend this movie for, though, is its breathtaking cinematography. Every shot feels beautifully intimate, almost as if you've inexplicably been transported to the jungles of Africa and are just now seeing these creatures interact for the first time. They truly are a sight to see, especially in this film. Anyway, I won't go into much more detail about "Chimpanzee". If you enjoy the beauty of nature in its purest form, gentle background music, Tim Allen's voice, and just primates in general, there's a solid chance you'll love this delightful, family-friendly documentary. I give it two opposable thumbs up!


This is an extremely well done film! There are a few disturbing scenes for the tender hearted, but overall it's a must see for all ages. Tim Allen was the perfect narrator, the music added a wonderful flavor, and the cinematography was spectacular! Most of all, it's a beautiful story that was captured on film, and should inspire all of us to be more compassionate and lead by example.


"Chimpanzee" is great and will give plenty of laughs and tear-jerking moments! :-)

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