Animals aren’t strangers to film. From talking pigs, to evil cats and dogs, there have been many humorous films dedicated to animals and playing up their characteristics. This weekend’s film of animals is the documentary ‘Chimpanzee,’ which is sure to be different from last year’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’ The main difference is, of course, that one is a documentary while the other is purely fictional, but there is more to ‘Chimpanzee’ than meets the eye.
‘Chimpanzee’ is the story of Oscar, a young chimpanzee separated from his family and eventually adopted by another family of chimpanzees in the jungle. The story was shot over a few years and is narrated by actor Tim Allen. The film delves into the life of chimpanzees and their adapting to new surroundings. This film is meant to bring awareness to Chimpanzees and animals in general, but it is not for everyone. For nature enthusiasts, who have seen other Disneynature films such as ‘Earth,’ ‘Ocean,’ and ‘African Cats,’ this will likely be right up your alley. The film has been featured prominently on Disney Channel with inescapable promotion from avid viewers and channel changers. China Anne McClain, an actress who doubles as a singer for the channel even sings a song to help spread the message to children.
‘Chimpanzee’ has a decent score on Rotten Tomatoes with a slightly above average 77%. At an approximate one hour and 18 minutes of running time, the film likely won’t bore audience members to death. The film has already become Disneynature’s large opening for a film from their distribution company, with over $10 million in revenue over the weekend. It will surely make back its budget and serve for future Disneynature films to begin production soon. For fans of nature films and the children targeted through the Disney Channel, this is great news as it brings more of a nature perspective to a sometimes over commercialized world. ‘Chimpanzee’ is out in theaters now.