Last week I was lucky enough to take a break and head to the movies with my friend. We went to the screening of the newest film from DisneyNature, Chimpanzee. I had been excited about this movie for a LONG time… ever since I saw the first trailer. Getting to go see it? … AWESOME!
If you aren’t really sure what the movie is all about, besides some chimpanzees, let me tell you… this is no ordinary documentary. This is a movie, complete with an intricate storyline, captivating characters, and a message that will linger in your heart! Top all of that with an incredible peek into the lives of chimpanzees, including some truly interesting facts, and you’ve got an amazing movie.
Chimpanzee follows the life of little Oscar, an adorable baby chimpanzee. The film documents Oscar and his chimpanzee family through the forest through the ins and outs of the regular routines. Oscar and his family eat, sleep, and play all the while following the guidelines of a very specific social structure. Trouble breaks out when another band of chimpanzees try to attack and invade territory that belongs to Oscar’s family. After an intense battle, the very young Oscar is left without his mother. In a life or death situation, Oscar is adopted by the least likely candidate in the family. What happens next is is so incredibly heartwarming. It’s a happy ending… which I love.
You can help chimpanzees by going to see Chimpanzee. Disney launched a program called “See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees” and donated $.20 per ticket to the Jane Goodall Institute for the Disneynature Tchimpounga Nature Reserve Project. Going to see a movie AND donating to a good cause? Fantastic!
DisneyNature and the Jane Goodall Institute have partnered up during the release of Chimpanzee. “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”— originally only for the film’s opening week through April 26—is now going to continue through the film’s second week till May 3. This is the first-ever extension to a DisneyNature conservation program. The news was well received by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “We couldn’t be happier to extend this collaboration to help the Jane Goodall Institute better protect chimpanzees and the places they call home,” she said. “A film like ‘Chimpanzee’ helps spread the passion we have for these extraordinary beings, sharing the truly relatable moments experienced by Oscar and his fellow chimpanzees in a way that will hopefully inspire audiences to continue their support long after the movie ends.”