With Earth Day coming this weekend, Disneynature’s new release, Chimpanzee, opened in theaters today (Friday, April 20th)!!! Are you planning on seeing it?
And, thanks to the folks at Disneynature & Walt Disney Studios, there are some awesome activities to accompany the movie! There are two packets–a general/family activity packet (download file here) and a very thorough educator’s guide geared to mid-elementary grades (download file here).
So, we printed off a few of the activities for Big Brother to do while we waited for the movie to start. It was GREAT–he loved every single one that we printed. And, even at 5, he could do a lot of the activities. He was SO excited when the movie started!!
About the movie:
Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True-Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimps, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.
The movie was amazing, both in terms of the stunning nature shots and the level of detail & information presented about chimpanzees. It was incredible to watch their little chimp “society” and to see just how many very human-like qualities they possess. There were many times where I felt like watching Oscar with his mother was so much like watching any human baby/toddler & mom interacting!
At 5, Big Brother is in that crazy questioning phase and wanted to know what was going on at every turn or why something had happened that way. With a rival band of chimps in the film, there are a couple of intense scenes (nothing graphic is shown) in which he was visibly concerned about what was going on. But, for us, it was nothing so scary or serious that we couldn’t it talk out & work through. The loss of Oscar’s mom was also cause for concern (the way it’s presented is very much reminiscent of Bambi), and he had a lot of questions about that too. So, if you are wanting to take young kids, these are just things to think about before going. For us, it was fine–we’ve talked about fighting & predator/prey relationships in the animal world and had conversations about death. But, he still did have many questions after the movie that he wanted answered. I think the key is to just “know your kid” and be prepared for some questions (possibly rather serious ones) during and/or after the movie.
Even with those intense moments, we loved the movie! He wanted to play with all his “monkey” animal toys at home after the movie and even woke up the next morning wanting to do some more of the activities. There were numerous fun scenes that kept us both entertained and very heartwarming moments as well! So, all in all, it’s a good show to go see and one that is definitely perfect for Earth Day!
Have YOU seen the movie or are you planning on going? If you have seen it, what did you think?
Disclosure: We saw this movie at a free press screening at the invitation of Disney. Thank you, Disney! All opinions and experiences are my own and your opinion of the movie may differ from mine.