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Chimpanzee -- Meet Oscar, a young chimpanzee with an entertaining approach to life.
Chimpanzee -- Rise Music Video
Chimpanzee -- A nature documentary centered on a family of chimps living in the Ivory Coast and Ugandan rain forests.
Chimpanzee -- Bonus Clip: Daily Grind
Chimpanzee -- A featurette from the nature documentary Chimpanzee


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Release Date:
20 April 2012 (USA) See more »
For Oscar, every day is an adventure.
A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tim Allen ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Alastair Fothergill 
Mark Linfield 
Writing credits
Alastair Fothergill (original concept) &
Mark Linfield (original concept)

Mark Linfield (written by) &
Alastair Fothergill (written by) &
Don Hahn (written by)

Produced by
Alastair Fothergill .... producer
Don Hahn .... executive producer
Mark Linfield .... producer
Connie Nartonis Thompson .... associate producer
James Reed .... field producer
Alix Tidmarsh .... producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
Cinematography by
Martyn Colbeck (co-cinematographer)
Bill Wallauer (co-cinematographer)
Film Editing by
Andy Netley 
Production Management
Daniel Hassid .... executive in charge of production
Liz Stevens .... production manager
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Jeanette Browning .... narration recordist
Jonny Crew .... sound assistant
Matthew Gough .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Hill .... mix technician
Kate Hopkins .... supervising sound editor
Philip Jenkins .... foley mixer (as Phil Jenkins)
Doc Kane .... narration mixer
Kristin Mosher .... sound recordist: Uganda
Tim Owens .... sound editor
Johnathan Rush .... sound mix technician
Jack Stew .... foley artist
David Turner .... sound facility director
David Turner .... sound project manager
Eduardo Vc .... sound recordist: some interviews - Alastair Fothergill
Andrew Wilson .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Winderbaum .... narration engineer
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Grant Hewlett .... visual effects artist
Lorraine Johnson .... film recording supervisor
Howard Jones .... visual effects supervisor: Whitebeam VFX
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Anderson .... camera assistant
David Baillie .... cine-g rigger
Martyn Colbeck .... principal photography: Ivory Coast
Ted Giffords .... cable dolly
Colin Holloway .... lighting services
Michael Kelem .... aerial photography
Gordon Leicester .... technician: camera equipment
Daniel Mulligan .... cine-g tech
Samuel Munene .... assistant camera: Uganda
Tim Shepherd .... time-lapse photography
Warwick Sloss .... additional photography
Bill Wallauer .... principal photography: Uganda
Editorial Department
Dan Clamp .... technical manager
Wesley Hibberd .... digital intermediate assistant
Luke Rainey .... colorist
Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music coordinator: UK
Darrell Alexander .... music producer
Saffron Beagley .... music preparation
The Chamber Orchestra of London .... orchestra
Caroline Dale .... musician: solo cello
Gordon Davidson .... assistant score mixing engineer
Gordon Davidson .... scoring pro tools engineer
Andrew Dudman .... music recording engineer
Andrew Dudman .... music scoring mixer
Clio Gould .... orchestra leader
Gareth Griffiths .... music coordinator: UK
Greg Hooper .... orchestrator
Nicholas Hooper .... score producer
Allan Jenkins .... music editor
Rob Johnston .... choral director
Alastair King .... conductor
Alastair King .... orchestrator
Matt Mysko .... assistant recording engineer
Tom Poster .... musician: solo piano
R.S.V.P. Voices .... musicians: choir (as RSVP Voices)
Sam Walton .... musician: tuned percussion
Simon Whiteside .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Moses Kabanda .... driver
Joseph Kato .... driver
Charles Kaweesa .... driver
Cliff Kisitu .... transportation manager
Patrick Ssebulime .... driver
Joseph Ssentogo .... driver
Other crew
James Aldred .... canopy access
Edward Anderson .... field manager
Christopher Boesch .... principal scientific consultant (as Christophe Boesch)
Dan Clamp .... technical manager
Waldo Etherington .... canopy access
Tim Fogg .... canopy access
Sarah Garner .... production coordinator
Maggie Gisel .... production support
Rachel James .... production accountant
John Mitani .... scientific consultant
Carey Nicholson .... production insurance: Quartz Insurance Brokers
David Reynolds .... creative consultant (as Dave Reynolds)
Matthew Scholey .... marketing materials coordinator
Matthew Torrible .... production insurance: Quartz Insurance Brokers
Bill Wallauer .... scientific consultant
David Watts .... scientific consultant
Hugh Wilson .... field assistant
Kirk Wise .... creative consultant
Jane Goodall .... thanks

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USA:78 min
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Did You Know?

During its opening weekend, a portion of all proceeds was donated to the "See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees" charity which was started by famed Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. The charity helps build habitats, educates children and helps orphaned Chimpanzees.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Indulging you into a heartbreaking documentary while being a Disney fake, 1 May 2013
Author: Jacob Max from Germany

Or how to cash by getting people all emotional with a story that never happened...

Nothing new you say? True, but whats intriguing is the director's emphasizing of this movie being a documentary. While it is not.

Christophe Boesch, director of the Department of Primatology of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and also the founder and president of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, worked for the film crew as an expert consultant during the filming.

What he now revealed in an interview with the SPIEGEL may cause a severe degree of disillusion. WARNING: If you plan on a cinema-adventure of watery eyes and emotional sympathy you may want to turn a blind eye on what is about to follow.

To put it short: basically the whole story is made up.

Starting of with the star of "Chimpanzee", Oscar. Oh, he is so cuddly! And all of his 4 brothers too! Yep, it is not even the same little fella you see romping about, but 5 different animals that were used for his part. One of the reasons might be, that Oscar died after 7 months of the adoption, as most adopted chimpanzees do.

His "mother" did not die in a fight with another monkey tribe. And there is a pretty good reason for that. This fight never happened in the first place, the two groups never even met. The animals "fighting" belong actually to two different species that do not even live in the same natural habitat. They live in different parts of the planet, which is why the scenes are - for the aware eye noticeably - cut together from pictures that were taken over the years, all over the world. So what did Oscar's "mother" die of? Pretty undramatically of a splenic fever.

And which part of the whole story is actually true you ask? The adoption. This however is fairly common between chimpanzees, and in a time where most of the web community has seen videos of dogs adapting pretty much anything from tigers to hamsters not really worth an evening to the cinemas.

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