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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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20 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Crazy Credits

At the movie's end, we see the start of a behind-the-scenes series. Initially this continues while the credits roll; then we see some outtakes while additional credits roll. See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.125 (2012) See more »

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Written by Vincent DeGiorgio (as Vincent Paul DeGiorgio), David Schreurs (as David C. Schreurs)
Performed by Caro Emerald
Courtesy of Grandmono Records
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Sort of Confusing, but Endearing
20 April 2012 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

I walked into this movie not knowing what to expect. I am more of a "serious" moviegoer, and I generally don't see films geared towards children. I would describe this movie as half brilliant documentary and half cheesy kids movie.

I had issues with the color timing in parts, which made the film look almost animated and artificial. I wasn't quite sure what to believe was natural footage and what was some sort of staged animal wrangling or CGI. As the movie progressed it became pretty clear that it was all authentic, but Tim Allen's narration combined with the almost-too-convenient dramatic story arc still kept me at arm's length.

Ultimately this movie delivers a touching story of a young primate and his tribe. Though somewhat contrived at times there are many, many moments of genuine intimacy that tug the heartstrings and also make you wonder how in the world they got these shots. Thankfully there's a bit of explanation at the end.

Do I regret seeing it? Not at all. Do I wish it had been made as a more traditional documentary? Yes.


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