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Chimpanzee -- Rise Music Video
Chimpanzee -- A nature documentary centered on a family of chimps living in the Ivory Coast and Ugandan rain forests.
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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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Flawed but Enjoyable Documentary See more (24 total) »


  (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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Flawed but Enjoyable Documentary, 20 April 2012
Author: Richard Reilly ( from Colorado

From the people that brought you the fantastic documentary—Earth—comes a documentary cut from an entirely different cloth. Unlike Earth, Chimpanzee is able to weave a storyline by following a specific clan of chimps, giving each one a name, and following a youngster as he learns the rough life of the forest. The personal touch is brilliant and allows for a heartfelt documentary. In the end, the only problems are in the way the movie is edited and narrated.

One of the best things about Chimpanzee is the way in which it elicits empathy from the viewer. The movie focuses on features of chimpanzees that remind of us ourselves—using tools to get food, breastfeeding, and youth playing games while adults try to sleep. By the time the documentary develops a plot, you will honestly care about the characters involved. You will laugh time and time again.

You will not cry. Despite the disturbing and depressing nature of the film, everything is glazed over. This points us directly at the core problem of Chimpanzee—the narration. First off, Tim Allen wasn't the right choice. He doesn't do the inflections correctly and often speaks far too excitedly. The other major problem with the narration is the script. When Tim Allen started speaking for the Chimps, I was amused. When it continued, it became rather annoying. The narration should have been used to support the documentary—not overshadow it.

Chimpanzee was marketed as a children's film. We received the children's preshow and nothing but adolescent trailers. That is what stopped the documentary from being great. By skipping over the scenes that are too hard to watch and not diving into the real reason an Alpha Male would take in a young chimp, the documentary shortchanges itself. Earth was great because it wasn't directed at an adolescent audience. That freed the team up to build the best movie. The same was not the case for Chimpanzee.

If you enjoy documentaries, you will enjoy Chimpanzee. Although the movie does not deliver critical thoughts, it is filled with incredible visuals and an intriguing storyline. If you are not a fan of documentaries, there is no reason to see Chimpanzee. I hope this movie does not show a trend for wide release documentaries. Documentaries are beautiful when they are not dumbed down for our children.

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