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Ready for your day to get a whole lot cuter? Disney has released a new trailer for Monkey Kingdom, the latest in the series of documentaries from Disneynature. With their previous films Earth, Oceans, African Cats, Bears, and Chimpanzee, Disneynature has turned Earth Day into a cinematic event by delivering riveting, stunningly photographed films year after year . For Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature headed to the jungles of South Asia to follow Maya, a clever blonde-bobbed monkey, her newborn son Kip, and their extended family after their home, Castle Rock, is taken over by a powerful family of neighboring monkeys. Forced to relocate, Maya and her monkey family must adapt to their strange new surroundings until they can reclaim their home. Hit the jump to check out the new Monkey Kingdom trailer. The film opens on Earth Day, April 17th, and for every ticket purchased during opening weekend Disneynature will make donation »
- Haleigh Foutch
Check out the new trailer for Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom.
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, where she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings.
Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. »
- Melissa Thompson
In 1948 Walt Disney invented the nature movie with his collection of feature films and short programs he dubbed "True Life Adventures." These programs were revolutionary and essential, educational and entertaining. In short: nobody had ever seen anything like them. (It goes without saying that this breakthrough is, in the laundry list of Disney's cultural and technological accomplishments, frequently overlooked.)
Sixty years after the first "True Life Adventure" was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, Disney created Disneynature, a shingle used to produce new nature films for modern audiences. And these films are great. From the oddly emotional family drama of "African Cats" to this year's joyful "Bears," the new Disney nature films usually spotlight an individual animal species, gorgeously photographed and evocatively narrated. The latest Disneynature production is "Monkey Kingdom," out this spring, and we've got the exclusive new trailer.
The trailer starts out similar to the cheeky teaser, set to Lorde's "Team, »
- Drew Taylor
Narrated by: John C. Reilly
Running Time: 1 hr 18 mins
Due Out: August 12, 2014
Plot (courtesy of Disneynature: From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth” and “Chimpanzee,” comes the must-own true life adventure “Bears,” available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma), and On-Demand, Aug. 12, 2014. An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Families everywhere can now travel to a majestic Alaskan wilderness teeming with life without leaving home as “Bears” arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD featuring stunning high definition picture, transporting sound, and exciting bonus features both parents and their children will love.
To celebrate the in-home debut of “Bears,” Disneynature is proud to »
- Jeff Bayer
Audiences were invited into the world of Bears in April when Disneynature's film about the formidable species roared into theaters, and now nature lovers can watch it at home as it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 12.
To celebrate the film's small-screen release, we're giving you a chance to win a pack of fun prizes, including a stuffed bear, a Bears pendant designed by Alex Woo, and your own copy of Bears. The prize also contains copies of Disneynature films African Cats, Crimson Wing, Wings of Life, Chimpanzee, Earth and Oceans. Click here to enter to win, and here for the official rules.
Even if you don't win, you can purchase the pendant featuring a mother bear and two cubs in sterling silver or 14K gold, and 20 percent »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier held the top spot at the box office this weekend for the third weekend in a row, but newcomer Heaven is for Real was able to leapfrog Rio 2 and score a second place finish with a $22.5 million Easter weekend, and a total of $29.5 million since its Wednesday opening. In fourth was Transcendence, slipping even further, down to $10.8 million for its opening frame followed by A Haunted House 2, which also slipped from estimates, down to $8.8 million for the weekend. The weekend's other new wide release was Disneynature's Bears and it seems people must not like bears as much as they like chimps, African cats, oceans or the Earth as this is the worst opening for a Disneynature film yet at only $4.7 million. I've listed the current top ten from the points and accuracy leaderboards directly below and you can find the full leaderboard here. »
- Brad Brevet
Disneynature films are not for the faint of heart. The entertaining and educational series has consistently placed a premium on absolute veracity – even when it comes with a very palatable and painful cost. The last Disneynature film, Chimpanzee, was built almost entirely on tragedy, as it centered on a young chimp (adorably named Oscar) who struggled to survive after the sudden death of his mother. The film’s very plotline was centered around death – a natural and normal death, but death nonetheless – and the entire film was a steady mix of the sad and the joyful (Oscar is eventually taken under the furry arm of an unexpected surrogate parent – another male chimp). Back in 2011, death also hung thick over African Cats, with one plotline following a cheetah mom who eventually loses two of her five cubs to hunting hyenas, and another chronicling an aging lioness who must abandon her own cub to her pride after getting injured »
- Kate Erbland
Since 2009’s Earth, Disney’s nature documentary division has done a fine job forgetting about anthropomorphized animated animals and offering some delightful looks at the everyday life of the creatures that inspired their company’s best films. The formula is not fading, either, as 2014’s entry, Bears, arrives just in time to make you forget about the annoyances of computer-generated animals in recent films like The Nut Job and Rio 2.
Bears has the bare necessities that any fan of the studio’s nature docs expect: a stunning environment, a riveting survivalist plot and very, very cute animals. It also has John C. Reilly taking up duties as the doc’s playful narrator, and none of the film is soured by preachy environmentalist overtones.
The doc tells the story of a mama brown bear, Sky, and her oh-so-adorable young cubs Scout and Amber, as they trek through the Alaska Peninsula »
- Jordan Adler
The adorableness factor is pretty much off the charts in “Bears,” the latest annual offering from Disney's “Disneynature” imprint. Following the journey of a mother bear and her two infant cubs over the course of a year, the film mixes how'd-they-get-that-shot outdoor photography with a mostly kid-friendly Intro to Life Sciences. Young viewers who found it traumatic when those Disney “African Cats” devoured zebras and gazelles may be less disturbed at the sight of bears tearing into salmon, but there are occasional moments of peril that parents might want to consider before bringing their littlest ones to this G-rated documentary. »
- Alonso Duralde
Transcendence should be the winner this weekend, even though it looks to be the most mysterious title on the board (generally a deal-breaker with general audiences). Here's the crazy part - right now it sits at 17 percent on RottenTomatoes! That's really shocking. I would have given it around a B- (just as Brad did), right on the border, but I can't believe it's treading in the teens while Divergent and Draft Day are 20 and 30 points higher. Still, the tracking for Transcendence is solid, Johnny Depp still draws a crowd (though more internationally) and I think the trailers have been halfway decent. At this point last year another non-sequel sci-fi with a big-name actor took the crown. Want a moment to guessc Time's up, the movie was Oblivion with $37.1 million. If you like that number, then my $30.6 million call is low, but if you're a stickler for tracking, you'll see me as high. »
- Laremy Legel
Who else is excited about Bears, the latest Disneynature documentary, which arrives in theaters next Friday? After taking last year off, the Mouse House is back for another Earth Day release, and sure it’ll feature a lot of anthropomorphizing narration but at least that narration is being spoken by John C. Reilly. And with it also comes the first trailer for next year’s feature (yay, they’re back on an annual track), which is titled Monkey Kingdom. Disney has already gone ahead and debuted the spot a week early, though, and while it doesn’t have any celebrity voiceover (I don’t think this one’s has been revealed yet), it is entirely soundtracked with the singing voice of Lorde. Of course it is. After all, she has a song called “Royals,” perfect for a movie with the word “kingdom” in the title, though the tune in this trailer is “Team,” which »
- Christopher Campbell
Before you see it play in front of Disneynature's Bears in theaters on April 18th, you can watch the new Monkey Kingdom trailer right here! The Disney brand of nature films has produced some of the most enjoyable family features of the last few years, including Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and Chimpanzee. Their latest film, Bears, follows a family of Alaskan bears as their cubs learn life lessons. But before viewers watch them romp across the screen, they'll be treated to this first teaser trailer for directors Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill's magical and mysterious Monkey Kingdom, due out in April of 2015. Hit the jump to watch the Monkey Kingdom trailer! Here's Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom trailer (via Yahoo!): Synopsis: Disneynature’s “Monkey Kingdom” spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic »
- Dave Trumbore
Keenly following the scent of African Cats and Chimpanzees, Disneynature’s Bears combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect as it documents a year in the life of a mother Alaskan brown bear and her two cubs. Save for some particularly playful narration provided by John C. Reilly, the film, clocking in at a tidy 77 minutes, adheres closely to the successful blueprint first laid out by 2007’s Earth, pitting a wildlife family unit against the not necessarily nurturing elements. Released just ahead of Earth Day, Bears could snuggle up handsomely with family audiences looking for
- Michael Rechtshaffen
Olivia Holt, performer of Bears anthem “Carry On” and Star of Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It,” hosted a special showing of Disneynature’s Bears on the Walt Disney Studios lot and yours truly was there this morning for the family screening.
There was a raffle and giveaway for those who brought a new stuffed bear to donate to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and our tickets, which also doubled as bookmarks, were eco-friendly to be planted later. The logo even reminded me of Disney’s animated Brother Bear.
Check out these photos from this morning’s screening.
In an epic story of breathtaking scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, Disneynature’s 2014 big-screen adventure Bears follows a bear family as impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.
- Melissa Thompson
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new 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. 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 a plentiful salmon run – while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf.
- Movie Geeks
You can call off the search, because we may have found the cutest movie ever.
Narrated by everyone's favourite loveable character actor John C Reilly, the Disneynature release will follow Sky and her newborn cubs as they forge an unbreakable family bond against the majestic backdrop of Alaska.
Bears will open in Us cinemas on April 18 to coincide with Earth Day. No UK release date has been confirmed yet, but we reckon Paddington will have a run for his money this year. »
<< Continued from "April Preview (Part 1)"April 18The third weekend of April is packed with four new nationwide releases. Considering the strength of the past two weeks, and the historically slow nature of the box office in April, this weekend seems poised to deliver at least one or two misses.The highest-profile release on April 18th is Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp as a scientist who has his consciousness uploaded in to a supercomputer. The movie marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who shot the last seven Christopher Nolan movies. Nolan is an executive producer on the movie, though his name is conspicuously absent from all marketing material (odd, given that his last three movies have combined to earn over $2.9 billion worldwide). While the lofty sci-fi premise is generating some curiosity, Transcendence is lacking the kind of buzz one would expect from a major release like this. It doesn't help »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you've always had a soft spot for Simba, then Mara, the real-life star of the Disneynature feature film African Cats, will melt your heart. But how are these majesticanimals brought to the big screen? And what goes on when the cameras are off? Now is your chance to find out.
Lifting the lid on wildlife filmography, African Cats writer and director Keith Scholey will be presenting a peek behind the scenes of the film's production on 20 March. And as former head of the BBC Natural History Unit and producer of some of the best-known natural history programmes on TV, including Big Cat Diary and David Attenborough's The Private Life of Plants,Scholey is no stranger to capturing footage of both flora and fauna.
Taking place in Claverton, Bath, the event is run by Tusk, »
Welcome to the jungle for the real-life fun and games of a young chimp called Oscar, as captured by the team behind Disney documentaries Earth and African Cats. Narrated with anthropomorphic zeal by Tim Allen, it’s a wild, funny, and occasionally alarming adventure showing that survival is not only a tricky learning curve, but sometimes requires a bit of luck. High drama and sumptuous imagery makes it an eye-opening experience for all. »
A Witch, a Wolf, A Raccoon, and The Muppets. Everything you’d come to expect from Walt Disney Studios.
Not only did they release their official slate for 2014 on this final day of the year, but the studio also gave us a first look photo along with the official synopsis for director James Gunn’s much-anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Check out the whole kit and caboodle below.
The Wind Rises
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, »
- Michelle McCue
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