If you have never experienced a DisneyNature film on the big screen, Blu-ray, or DVD, then you are missing out on some amazing filmmaking. That, coupled with the fascinating topics covered in each film, makes it an experience you will not soon forget. The latest DisneyNature release, Chimpanzee, on Blu-ray/DVD and digital download, follows the first few years of life of a newborn chimp named Oscar.
Little Oscar was blessed with a loving nurturing mother who cared for and protected him until a tragedy causes her disappearance from Oscar's life. Since he was still in survival training, Oscar had a difficult time fending for himself, especially since he was the youngest of his group, which put him at the bottom of the hierarchy. Everything turns around for Oscar when he was adopted by a surprising parent . . . the alpha male who is the group leader. To say this unexpected turn of events was heartwarming to watch would be an understatement. You must hear the commentaries by the filmmakers, as it must have been a thousand times even more amazing to witness Oscar's first three years of life first hand.
In addition to heartwarming, there are also some anxious moments since this film also shows some of the dangers of living in the African rain forest. This film is rated G and only has implied violence during any footage of the hunts or raids. You would need to judge whether your child can handle the idea of animals hunting each other for food and battling over territory.
I must point out how impressive many parts of the documentary were, especially the captures of the raindrops, insects in motion, and the growth of plant life. I also loved how these things were shown in quick-time to suggest the passing of real time in Oscar's world.
You should also be aware that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this movie on Blu-ray/DVD and digital download is donated by DisneyNature to the Jane Goodall Institute. This Blu-ray/DVD combo retails for $39.99, but is currently selling on Amazon.com for $26.96 with Free Super Saver Shipping.
Thank you to Click Communications for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.