Rated: G

Distributed By:


Directed by:

Alastair Fothergill (African Cats, Earth) and Mark Linfield (Earth)


Tim Allen as Narrator

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online


For the last few years, it's become tradition for Disneynature to roll out a lush, family-friendly nature documentary in time for Earth Day, and Chimpanzee is perhaps the most remarkable yet.

Oscar has a great life. The African forest can be fun if you're blessed with essentially four hands. The food is OK if you can catch it or crack it. And when Oscar's wrapped in his mother's arms, there's really nothing better.

But when Mom dies, he—and we—discover it really is a jungle out there. In the green beauty lurk snakes, leopards and rival chimps. Most cruel of all is the hunger that threatens every animal and claims many of them. Animals like Oscar.

It'll take a miracle for the little guy to survive. And we watch as he gets exactly that. He's "adopted"—not by another mom, but by the troupe's alpha male, Freddy.

Narrated by Tim Allen, the film earns its G rating honestly. These chimps are as clean as you can get.

Footage was pulled from a handful of locales, but the core of the narrative was a real-life "act of beauty." And in it we see a shadow of grace as the "family's" weakest member is saved from starvation by its strongest, a projection of God's glory in His beautiful creation.

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