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Disneynature: Chimpanzee

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available


Meet Oscar a young chimpanzee with an entertaining approach to life.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
4 out of 5
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Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5

Chimp "adoption" documentary has some scary moments.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chimpanzee is a beautifully filmed, African-set nature documentary about how a chimpanzee community must defend its territory to survive. The central "character" in the story is a baby chimp named Oscar, and some children will be disturbed when a confrontation with a rival chimp clan leaves him orphaned (his mother's death is referenced several times), lonely, and desperate for affection. The violence is edited so quickly that younger viewers aren't likely to pick up on anything bloody happening, but the narrator does say when animals are killed -- including a Colobus monkey the chimpanzees hunt together. Kids interested in animals will learn about the way chimpanzees live and interact, as well as witnessing a unique relationship between a juvenile and alpha male chimp.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the popularity of wildlife documentaries. What attracts families to nature films?
  • How is the narration in Chimpanzee different than that of other documentaries? Do you prefer the straightforward approach or Tim Allen's jokier one?
  • "Alpha chimp" Scar and his crew are depicted as antagonists for wanting to start a confrontation with Freddie's clan, but aren't all the animals just acting like animals? Both groups of chimpanzees just want to survive, so is it fair for the documentary to portray one group as the "good" guys and their rivals as menacing enemies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

For Oscar, every day is an adventure. Good Disney Nature movie! Gorgeously filmed and just the right length to keep smaller ones from getting bored, I was amazed at the footage that the filmmakers got of these chimps. I am one of those who has trouble leaving the primate area of the zoo and it does make you marvel at their similarities with humans.You'll feel like you just went on a trip to the rain forest of Africa, and I can't imagine a child or teen not liking this. Or an adult for that matter. Oscar, a baby chimpanzee is enjoying his life with his mother in the jungles along the Ivory Coast. Without warning, young Oscar is tragically orphaned during an attack from a rival group of chimpanzees. Afterwards, he attempts to survive on his own, and to be accepted by the other chimps. But Oscar struggles, until he is surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of his group.

- MANUGINO, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

4 stars

This was really great. Rather snarky narration for a disney flick. Beautifully filmed and you'll only tear up a little bit. Probably.

- Julie, Thursday, August 23, 2012

3 stars

Chimpanzee unabashedly goes after all the cheap and sappy gimmicks a nature doc can to try and please its audience and for the most part it has succeeded in that regard. After a fairly impressive start to their annual Earth Day naturedoc entry, Disney has struggle as of late and Chimpanzee was an attempt to right the ship. The film currently stands as the fourth highest grossing documentary of all-time (never underestimate the power of cuteness) so financially it was a success, artistically however, not so much. I was interested in the story of the rival Chimpanzee tribes and their quarrels over the nut groves but once the adorable orphaned Oscar gets adopted by the gritty and cold tribe leader I started loosing interest in a hurry. The film is also narrated by Tim Allen which demands the question of "Why?". There are, I promise you, dozens if not hundreds of far more entertaining and informative documentaries of Chimps out there but Chimpanzee does have impressive HD camera work and if Oscar's just too darn adorable to avoid for you there are certainly worse ways to spend an hour or so of your time than checking out Chimpanzee.

- staindslaved, Sunday, June 3, 2012