Disneynature, in its continuing pursuit to bring beautiful and educational films to the big screen, gives us its most aspiring project to date. “Born in China” takes the audience on an epic journey into the wildernesses of China. This film follows three animal families — the giant panda, the golden snub-nosed monkey and the elusive snow leopard.
The filmmaking quality of this Disney movie is beyond stunning. Directed by Chuan Lu and a remarkable team of cinematographers the film navigates the vast, and sometime unforgivable terrain. From the wings of a red-crowned crane, to the tiniest detail of snowflakes landing on fur, the camera work is breathtaking.
As beautiful and educational as this film is, it is truthful is it’s telling. This isn’t an ‘everyone is fine in the jungle’ setting, and the hard parts aren’t edited out. I wouldn’t say to not take young children, just be aware that there might be a conversation after.
Narrated by John Krasinski, the writing leaned more toward playful then other Disneynature films of the past. Personally, I found it a little distracting and unnecessary. But I will admit to laughing from time to time.
As most Disneynature and Disney True Life Adventures, I highly recommend this film. The cinematography alone is well worth a trip to the theater. And if you see Born in China opening week, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards. And that, right there, is a beautiful thing.
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