In theatres starting today is the latest instalment from the Disney nature film series, Chimpanzee. First off, this film looks amazing and while watching it you really do feel like you’re being taken on an adventure through the African forest. Just a heads up now, there’s more to this story than just the survival of Oscar, the little three-year-old chimpanzee, who sadly gets separated from his mother during an attack by a rival chimp gang.
This was actually my first time viewing any of these nature films from Disney, so I will admit I’m new to the formula and it did take me a moment to stop being distracted by the film’s narrator, Tim Allen. But once I was able to get past his recognizable voice, I have to say I was surprised by this intimate look into a world I knew so little about. There are plenty of cute and adorable scenes as we get to know little Oscar. There are also scary and intense moments as we watch how chimps hunt for food and try to survive in their unpredictable surrounding.
Spoiler Alert: You may, like me, be a bit freaked out when you find out chimps hunt and kill smaller monkey for meat. On that note, I’m 100% sure what age of children this movie is best suited for. I’m thinking little ones around seven years and older would be entertained.
Overall, it is remarkable what the filmmakers of Chimpanzee were able to capture. The story of Oscar is heartwarming, funny and, at times, a bit terrifying. But despite what you may think from seeing the trailer, you actually do leave the theatre feeling good and happy for little Oscar.