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Tim Allen Is Rex In First Trailer For Adventures Of The Penguin King

29 October 2013 3:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Rex, Patti, Junior, Larry and Moe & The Macaronis are the big, colorful characters in Cinedigm’s upcoming Adventures Of The Penguin King. The groundbreaking film packed with excitement, love, tragedy and humor opens in theaters December 6.

The original British version, Penguins 3D, was narrated and co-produced by natural history broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

Rex, a young King Penguin, has been away from his home for three years, learning to hunt in the wild oceans, but now he’s back – in Penguin City. His mission: to find a mate, settle down and raise a chick. But can he survive the numerous predators and the harsh conditions on an isolated island at the bottom of the world?

This is the journey of a typical bachelor King Penguin from awkward adolescent to accomplished adult. It’s a family tale, of love and adventure, tragedy and triumph – all told through the charismatic and charming natural actors, »

- Melissa Thompson

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First Warm And Fuzzy Trailer For Disneynature’s Bears Arrives

15 August 2013 10:48 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s upcoming True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.

The lastest film comes from the two directors who brought us the truly amazing African Cats and ChimpanzeeAlastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. You can read my Cats interview with Scholey Here.

Check out the brand new trailer and poster below.

Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting – but risky – as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches.

As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food – ultimately feasting at »

- Melissa Thompson

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Disneynature's Bears trailer & poster

15 August 2013 7:52 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster & images for Bears is moving, beautiful Disneynature has the new trailer up for their next true life adventure documentary directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats, Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats). Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent »

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First Trailer and Poster for Disneynature’s Bears

14 August 2013 9:49 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first proper trailer for Disneynature’s upcoming film Bears has been released online, and it’s predictably adorable.  Directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee), the film “cozies up to the brown bears who call Alaska’s stunning coastal mountains and shores their home, revealing through tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures.”  Specifically, the film looks to focus on the relationship between a mother bear and her two cubs.  Thankfully Bears doesn’t look to have a heartbreaking element like Chimpanzee, so you can probably see this one without the fear of turning into a blubbering mess in public. Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to watch the previous featurette for the film.  Bears opens in theaters on April 18th. Click over to Apple to watch in HD. Here’s the official synopsis for Bears »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Bears' Trailer: Disneynature Goes Into the Wild (Video)

14 August 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you loved Disneynature's heartwarming (and heartbreaking) "Chimpanzee," prepare for another journey into the wilderness with their upcoming film "Bears."

Directed by Keith Scholey ("African Cats") and Alastair Fothergill ("Chimpanzee"), "Bears" follows Sky and her two young cubs as they work to find food, stay safe from predators, and attempt to survive winter.

A new trailer features breathtaking scenery -- stunning mountain vistas and sparkling rivers in the Alaskan wilderness. As with other Disneynature movies, the intimacy of the footage is extraordinary; it almost feels as if you're Sky's third cub.

"Bears" opens April 18, 2014. A portion of opening week proceeds goes to the National Park Foundation.

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- Kelly Woo

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New Movies and Details Revealed at Disney's D23 Including 'Tomorrowland', 'Maleficent' and 'Muppets 2'

12 August 2013 8:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the weekend Disney held their D23 Expo, which is essentially the Mouse House equivalent of Comic Con and on Friday I brought you a series of news updates regarding their upcoming animated slate from Pixar, Disney Animation and Disneytoon, on Saturday they focused on their live-action properties which includes Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, the studio's live-action Cinderella, Into the Woods, Saving Mr. Banks and the sequel to The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted. They also announced the newest Disneynature property which will be Bears, directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats) and will arrive in theaters April 18, 2014. Clips from upcoming Marvel films -- Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy -- were shown much to the crowd's delight, but all the talk soon turned to Star Wars: Episode VII, »

- Brad Brevet

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Disney Showcases It's Live Action Slate with Thor 2, Captain America 2 and More!

10 August 2013 3:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney and Marvel Studios revealed exclusive details about their upcoming live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo, aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers and hosted by The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.

"Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are some of the most powerful and beloved brands in entertainment. We have so many incredible cinematic adventures ahead of us, and it is especially exciting to be able to share the exclusive details with our biggest fans first at the D23 Expo."

Alan Horn welcomed the crowd to the D23 Expo and introduced the live action slate by talking about the addition of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Studios and the excitement and anticipation surrounding Disney's first Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VII slated for release in 2015.

Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, »

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Photos: Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Shown at Saturday’s D23 Expo

10 August 2013 2:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Disney and Marvel Studios revealed exclusive details about their upcoming live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo, aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers and hosted by The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.

“Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are some of the most powerful and beloved brands in entertainment,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We have so many incredible cinematic adventures ahead of us, and it is especially exciting to be able to share the exclusive details with our biggest fans first at the D23 Expo.”

Horn welcomed the crowd to the D23 Expo and introduced the live action slate by talking about the addition of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Studios and the excitement and anticipation surrounding Disney’s first “Star Wars” film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” slated for release in 2015.

Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, »

- Michelle McCue

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Film Review: 'Chimpanzee'

5 May 2013 11:34 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ In the ever-watchable Chimpanzee (2012), Blue Planet producers Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield transport us to the Ivorian rainforests of Taï National Park, where we are introduced to three-month-old Oscar - a cheeky ape who gains an unexpected ally when he's faced with more than his fair share of troubles from a rival group of chimps. As is to be expected from a Disney Nature-backed documentary, the tone is light throughout as we witness the daily trials and tribulations of life below the canopy. The level is set (and kept) at 'pleasingly chirpy', with a heavy injection of anthropomorphism given to the travailing troop.

American actor Tim Allen's merry, if at times rather corny narration keeps this rather short, feature-length tale chortling along, referring to the oldest chimpanzee as 'Grandpa' and crowbarring in jokes seemingly swiped from his 1990s TV show Home Improvement. At times, this approach results in »

- CineVue UK

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Chimpanzee – review

4 May 2013 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

"If a lion could speak, we could not understand him," said Ludwig Wittgenstein, and he certainly could not tell us his name. Wittgenstein, that great lover of movies, was not talking about Disney Studios' True-Life Adventures though he might well have been, as he lived long enough to have seen that anthropomorphic series of natural history documentaries which began in 1948 (three years before his death) and continued until 1960. It was revived in 2008 as Disneynature, with headquarters in Paris, and is still patronising its young audiences with the storylines and names it imposes upon the excellent wildlife material its intrepid photographers bring home.

A couple of years ago we had remarkable footage about lions in African Cats, shot all over the place and turned into a turf war between two prides in Kenya, one headed by Kali, the other by Fang, and narrated by Patrick Stewart. Chimpanzee cuts together film shot »

- Philip French

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I'm So Excited, The Eye Of The Storm, Gimme The Loot: what to see at the cinema this week

3 May 2013 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

I'm So Excited | The Eye Of The Storm | Gimme The Loot | Robosapien | Come Out And Play | Shootout At Wadala | 21 & Over | Dead Man Down | Dragon | Chimpanzee | It's Such A Beautiful Day | All Stars

I'm So Excited (15)

(Pedro Almodóvar, 2012, Spa) Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces. 90 mins

Almodóvar responds to his country's economic woes with camp hysteria and Carry On humour. In many ways this airborne disaster farce – anarchic, absurdist, garishly stylish and gleefully debauched – is a return to the Spanish auteur's subversive roots. But there's a serious subtext to the silliness, and the metaphors are brought back down to earth for a satisfying landing.

The Eye Of The Storm (15)

(Fred Schepisi, 2011, Aus) Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis. 119 mins

The imminent death of Rampling's matriarch throws an aristocratic family's dysfunction into relief in this Aussie drama, whose overstuffed story is redeemed by three watchable leads.

Gimme The Loot (15)

(Adam Leon, 2012, Us) Tashiana Washington, »

- Steve Rose

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monkey in the middle (Chimpanzee review)

3 May 2013 6:28 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Cuteness proximity alert! Cuteness proximity alert! As with African Cats, the previous film in Disneynature’s animal documentary series, Chimpanzee gets us way closer to creatures in the wild and lets us see them like we never have before, and as we never could in a zoo or some other environment to which they’re not native. This is an extraordinarily cozy and confident film that relaxes into life in the jungle in a way that feels much more comfortable than Cats does, perhaps because we can identify so closely with the tribe of chimps filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield followed for months: their attention to and care for one another, friendships and squabbles alike, are heartrendingly familiar... and their clever use of tools and strategy, whether they’re hunting food or fending off an attack by a rival tribe, are potent reminders of how closely indeed we are related to these magnificent animals. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Thn Talk Chimpanzees With Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield and Sir David Attenborough

2 May 2013 10:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Barbican Centre in central London is the setting for our discussion with accomplished nature documentary filmmakers and producers, Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, as well as the master of the animal kingdom himself, Sir David Attenborough. Fothergill and Linfield, who are long time colleagues of Sir David, bring the medium to the big screen, in the form of Disneynature’s Chimpanzee, which follows a young orphaned chimp named Oscar as he tries to adapt and survive in increasingly difficult circumstances.

How physically demanding was it to go out and film in the Tai National Forest for four years?

Ml: Incredibly so. The camera crew in particular bore the brunt of it. They tended to to do three days or so in the field before taking a day off, because the sheer weight of the equipment, let alone the conditions, was so difficult to take. Their legs could barely move. »

- Martin Daniel McDonagh

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The HeyUGuys Interview: David Attenborough, Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill Talk Chimpanzee

2 May 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

When director/producer Mark Linfield talks about the process of making Disneynature’s Chimpanzee he speaks of filmmaking by evolution. He would like the film’s audience to understand that, counter-intuitively, for animals to behave naturally before the eyes of the world they must first be used to having the eyes of men trained upon them. The idea of safari-suited filmmakers trekking deep into the rainforest and simply ‘discovering’ their quarry is a romantic fallacy.  The worldwide search for a group of chimps – who would not only tolerate cameras but go about their day in spite of them – led Linfield and co-director Alastair Fothergill to the heart of The Tai Forest. Access to this vast Unesco World Heritage Site, in The Republique de Cote-d’Ivoire, required fourteen hours of grueling travel from the nearest city. But the reward for their trek was the painstaking work world renowned chimpanzee expert Christophe »

- Emily Breen

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Chimpanzee Review

2 May 2013 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The phrase alpha male conjures pictures of manly men and beastly beasts doing masculine things in a masculine way. One does not expect an alpha male to nurture, to take care, or to love. Disneynature’s stunning new feature Chimpanzee tells the story of the exception to that rule. The exhilarating family adventure transports its audience to Africa’s Ivory Coast, where cheeky young chimp Oscar is just gaining the confidence to explore his colourful rainforest home. Disney favourite Tim Allen narrates the tale with enthusiasm and panache – easily sweeping youngsters into the captivating story and gripping their attention throughout.

Chimpanzee’s director/producers, Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield were already highly accomplished wildlife documentarians. Both had enjoyed box office success with their previous Disneynature feature, Earth, and the team they assembled for Chimpanzee have equally distinguished records in the field. Still, the demands placed on the talented crew must have been tremendous. »

- Emily Breen

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Movie Review - Chimpanzee (2012)

1 May 2013 11:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chimpanzee, 2012.

Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield.

Synopsis:

Disneynature’s new documentary follows the life of an energetic yet vulnerable young chimp, Oscar, living deep within the Taï rainforest.

Introducing children to the natural world may be a daunting prospect for a parent – it’s full of copious mating, fights to the death, and often nightmarish imagery. Whilst David Attenborough’s seminal series of wildlife documentaries are not to be missed, they are not always toddler-friendly. In response to this Disney have created a new independent film label – Disneynature – to show the twee aspects of animal life, as well as some of the perils.

Being a Disney product, Chimpanzee is decorated with many darling elements, such as bouncy music, funny recordings of animals falling or hitting one another, and scenes of tenderness. As well as this, they also introduce a narrative not-so-dissimilar to their animal-led classics such as The Lion King, »

- Flickering Myth

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Films to watch out for in May

1 May 2013 3:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

May is here and much like the past four months, there continues to be more fantastic cinema releases scheduled. There’s a great variation of cinema listings in May, from comedy and animations to drama and romance. Here is our pick of ones that we’re most looking forward to:

The Great Gatsby

After what seems like months of anticipation for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the 1920s novel The Great Gatsby, the wait is almost over. It has been some time since we have experienced Luhrmann’s distinctive direction and cinema style on the big screen, which was Australia back in 2008 (aside from a period of shorts). The Great Gatsby tells the familiar tale of introvert Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and his unlikely friendship with showman neighbour Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). As Carraway learns more about Gatbsy’s mysterious history the meaning of their relationship becomes apparent. The film »

- Flickering Myth

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Chimpanzee Review

30 April 2013 4:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

Starring: Tim Allen (narrator)

Running Time: 78 minutes

Certificate: U

Synopsis: A documentary following Oscar, a three month-old chimpanzee who is orphaned when his mother is killed during the aftermath of an attack on his clan by a rival group of chimps. Alone and vulnerable, there seems to be little hope for Oscar until a surprising ally, Freddy, the alpha male of the group, takes him under his tutelage.

Chimpanzee is an extraordinarily hopeful tale, with several engaging story arcs, including Oscar’s parental loss and gain, the survivalism involved in the everyday lives of the chimps, and the ongoing battle with a rival chimp group. It also boasts some exquisite wildlife photography which took the film crew three years in the Ivory Coast’s Tai National Park to attain. However, despite it being a success for the most part, it does suffer slightly by missing »

- Martin Daniel McDonagh

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Are animals in Hollywood films too human?

26 April 2013 1:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The simian star of new Disney film Chimpanzee is the latest animal to be portrayed as having human emotions. But does such anthropomorphism give a distorted view of nature?

You could say cinema and nature got off on the wrong foot, or paw, right from the start. In 1926, to much excitement, an adventurer named William Douglas Burden brought back two komodo dragons to New York's Bronx zoo – the first live specimens the western world had ever seen. Most of that excitement had been generated via a movie Burden had made depicting these semi-mythical reptiles in the Indonesian wild, voraciously devouring a wild boar. By comparison, the real, live komodo dragons were something of a disappointment. They just lay about lethargically in their cage, and died a few months later. It later transpired that Burden's film had been heavily edited and staged to amp up the drama. The dragons hadn't actually »

- Steve Rose

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Exclusive Chimpanzee Clip: Monkey Business

23 April 2013 6:01 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Selling a conservational message to anyone other than tree-hugging eco-warriors is always going to be tough. Which is why Disney have rather ingeniously used the most adorable monkey on the planet to sell the story of Disney's Chimpanzee. Oscar's the titular simian who, as a child, is tragically orphaned and forced to survive with a rival group of monkeys. Things look bleak until he's surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of the group. Cue heartwarming/fascinating documentary brilliance. Narrated by Tim Allen, Chimpanzee looks to be...

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- Matt Risley

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