Earlier this year, moviegoers got to meet Oscar, the young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest. On August 21, 2012, you will be able to experience the spectacular imagery and stunning high-definition visuals of Chimpanzee from the comforts of home, when the highly acclaimed Disneynature film comes to Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On-Demand.
Stunning footage transports you deep into the African forest and brings you up close and personal to Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life, and his family as they navigate the forest, forage for food, and manage the threat of encroaching enemies.
Just as he’s learning important life skills, little Oscar’s world is turned upside-down when a rival band of chimps invades his family’s territory. Oscar’s family is scattered, his mother is injured and ultimately doesn’t survive, and the infant is left orphaned and alone in the jungle. Now, this is the point in the Disneynature films when my daughter usually leaves the room in tears. But I have to compliment the filmmakers on this one for handling the life-and-death issue more delicately than they have in the past. There are no graphic scenes of violence, and while we see what a desperate situation the little chimp is in, his own uplifting personality gives us hope to know he’ll be just fine.
Oscar does survive—and thrive—with a little help from an unexpected friend.
My daughter was hesitant to watch Chimpanzee at first, because the circle of life addressed in earth, oceans and African Cats upsets her too much. However, she really enjoyed this film. Chimpanzee showcases the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom, and my daughter gained a new understanding of just how human the primates can be.
Pick up your copy and enjoy this heartwarming tale narrated by Tim Allen. Be sure to watch the Bonus Features on the disk too, to get a feel for what it was like to spend 360 total days deep in the heart of Africa. You’ll also enjoy a music video for the song “Rise,” written and performed by the McClain Sisters, a feature on Disney’s conservation legacy, and much more.
If possible, purchase your copy during the first week of sales. Continuing the “See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees” conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release, for every purchase of the movie through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the Jane Goodall Institute to conserve chimpanzee habitat, educate the next generation, and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees.
For more information on Chimpanzee, “Like” the Disneynature Facebook page, follow Disneynature on Twitter, or visit the Chimpanzee website for interactive and educational activities and materials. See the Chimpanzee press release for disc specifications.
Jodi Whisenhunt’s MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort is now available in print and can be purchased at CreateSpace and Amazon. (Kindle version coming soon!) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!
- Disneynature Chimpanzee Coming to DVD (chipandco.com)