Chimpanzee (2012)

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A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.


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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. Written by Anonymous

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For Oscar, every day is an adventure.




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20 April 2012 (USA)  »

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$10,673,748 (USA) (20 April 2012)


$28,965,459 (USA) (3 August 2012)

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The film crew spent three years working on the film in the remote Tai Forest. See more »


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Written by China Anne McClain, Lauryn Alisa McClain and Sierra Aylina McClain
Performed by China Anne McClain (as McClain Sisters), Lauryn Alisa McClain (as McClain Sisters) and Sierra Aylina McClain (as McClain Sisters)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Remarkable Disney Documentary
29 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of the baby chimp Oscar, and his clan of 35 monkeys , as they struggle to survive in the jungle forest. It contains truly incredible nature photography of the clan as they interact with each other, search for food, use tools when needed, and protect themselves from neighboring monkey troops.

At first, I thought the story was fabricated and edited to where Disney wanted to go with the film. But when you see the filmmakers and what they went through to get the amazing close-up shots that they did I realized that was not the case. I believe this was the same crew that filmed "African Cats" which was another spectacular documentary.

Without disclosing too much of the plot, let's just say a dramatic event happens to Oscar during the film, and what happens thereafter is stunning and I'm sure extremely unusual.

Tim Allen narrated the film in a very lighthearted way. From what I've read this hampered the film for some, but for whatever reason it didn't bother me.

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