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Wow: Jiiva's next movie to feature real life Chimpanzee!

We had reported that Jiiva's next film with Shalini Pandey, directed by Don Sandy, has been titled as, 'Gorilla'. Now, the makers have officially announced that the film will feature a real Chimpanzee, that will be playing an important role.

 

The film's production house, All In Pictures, announced this news through their tweet, "Happy to announce our third venture #Jiiva29 titled as #Gorilla. Features a real Chimpanzee for the first time ever in a Tamil film. Chimp is named Kong & is trained by Samut training station of Thailand #Chimpanzeemovie @samcs_music @meshalinipandey @RJ_Balaji @AntonyLRuben"

 

Monkey Kingdom documentary review: growing up in the jungle

Simplistic, but a charming and child-friendly introduction to our cousins in the wild that no zoo could provide, with a monkey heroine whom kids will cheer. I’m “biast” (pro): monkeys!

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Disneynature, the Mouse’s nature-documentary arm, continues its quest to introduce kids to our cousins in the wild with Monkey Kingdom, a charming if simplistic film that gets us up close to animals in their own environment in a way that not even the most sophisticated zoo could ever achieve. In the Sri Lankan jungle lives “Maya,” a macaque monkey born at the bottom of her troop’s social hierarchy, where she is subject to such injustices as being bullied by her higher-ranking neighbors — even the babies! — and missing out on all the best food treats — tasty mushrooms! — which are invariably gone by
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Monkey Kingdom – The Review

The latest Earth Day release from Disneynature, Monkey Kingdom, is the charming story of Maya, a toque macaque living in the rainforest of Sri Lanka, whose world is changed when her son Kip is born. Anxious for her son to have all the best that life in their troop has to offer, Maya tries, not always successfully, to climb the social ladder and advance up the pecking order of the troop. At the top sits alpha male Raja, and his harem of top females and offspring that get the best beds, the best food and the best treatment.

After an attack on their home, Castle Rock, by a neighboring troop of monkeys, Raja is injured and the troop must now rely on Maya and her mate Kumar’s jungle smarts and street savvy to survive. One particularly hilarious sequence shows the local town and markets overrun with monkeys, stealing every
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Netflix to produce follow-up to Planet Earth documentary series

Netflix has teamed up with WWF to produce a follow-up to the BBC's groundbreaking Planet Earth series.

Our Planet will be an eight-part documentary series that will premiere in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films.

The natural history series will come from the creators of the critically-acclaimed Planet Earth, which aired on BBC One in the UK and Discovery in the Us in 2006.

The four-year project will focus on never-before-filmed wilderness areas and its animal inhabitants, including ice caps, deep oceans, deserts and remote forests, and will use the latest in 4K camera technology.

It will be led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC, as well as the Disneynature films Earth, Bears, African Cats and Chimpanzee.

"Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback's most ambitious project to date," said Lisa Nishimura, Vice President of Netflix Original Documentaries.
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Monkey Kingdom – Premiere Photos

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 retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover 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. Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys,
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 60 Pairs of Passes to ‘Monkey Kingdom’ & Lincoln Park Zoo Grand Prize Pack

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 60 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” narrated by Tina Fey along with a Lincoln Park Zoo grand prize pack (valued at $219.45!)!

Monkey Kingdom,” which opens on April 17, 2015 and is rated “G,” is co-directed and co-produced by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill. Along with the screening tickets, one lucky HollywoodChiago.com winner will be mailed our Lincoln Park Zoo grand prize pack, which includes:

Safari-level membership for one year Unlimited free parking Snow monkey plush, T-shirt and more fun gear to celebrate the grand opening of Regenstein Macaque Forest at Lincoln Park Zoo!

To win your free “Monkey Kingdom” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete,
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Win Passes to An Advance Screening of Monkey Kingdom

Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of Monkey Kingdom from directors Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, the directors of Chimpanzee.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film Monkey Kingdom at the Emagine Novi Theater in Novi, Michigan on Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry, because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

About The Film

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
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Monkey Kingdom In St. Louis

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 retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover 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.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys,
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New Photos From Disney’s Tomorrowland, Avengers: Age Of Ultron & Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released a lineup, along with new photos and dates, of their upcoming movies for 2015.

From dinosaurs to fairy tales, super heroes to galaxies far, far away, one of the most anticipated films next year is from director Steven Spielberg.

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Tom Hanks (left) stars in Spielberg’s (right) Untitled Cold War spy thriller, which is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

“This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me and Tom made him so completely accessible. I’ve always wanted to make a spy
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Trailer for Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom

I actually kind of enjoy watching these Disneynature films, and my kids seem to like them as well. Disney has released a new trailer for their latest nature project called Monkey Kingdom. For you animal lovers out there, this one is sure to melt your heart. Watching these Disneynature films is the only time I really get to go outside and see nature. Here’s the synopsis:

Meet Maya and her curious newborn, Kip, in the brand new trailer for Monkey Kingdom, dropping into theatres this Earth Day.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
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New Trailer For Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom Will Melt Your Heart

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.
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Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' Trailer Offers Up an Insanely Cute Adventure (Exclusive)

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,
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Disneynature: Bears (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Disneynature: Bears

Directed by: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey

Narrated by: John C. Reilly

Running Time: 1 hr 18 mins

Rating: G

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
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'Bears' Roars onto the Small Screen

'Bears' Roars onto the Small Screen
Nature lovers can watch Bears at home as it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 12.

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.

More: John C. Reilly Takes You Behind The Scenes Of Disney's Bears

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
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‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature

Bears

Written by Alastair Fothergill and Adam Chapman

Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey

UK and USA, 2013

During its fledgling years as a film studio, the Walt Disney Company helped revolutionize the nature documentary with its True-Life Adventure series. Here, as never before, audiences could thrill to the story of seals, beavers, bears, tigers, and the rest of the creatures sharing space with us on Earth. These days, what is most striking about these early documentaries is less the physical ground they cover, and more that they come from a patient time in filmmaking. Documentaries like The Living Desert and Seal Island featured narration and music, and sometimes attempted to play up the humor of an animalistic situation, but they were still created by people who afforded their presumed audience a base level of intelligence. In some respects, these nature documentaries were born out of the insistence on
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‘Monkey Kingdom’ Trailer: Jungle Animals Are “Team” Players in a Lorde Sing-a-long

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
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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Disneynature's Latest Doc 'Monkey Kingdom'

With the release of the documentary Bears just under a couple weeks away, Disneynature is already beginning to show off their Earth Day documentary release coming in 2015. This time the niche release arm of the House of Mouse is focusing on a group of monkeys in the jungles of South Asia in Monkey Kingdom. The film spotlights the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. More specifically, we follow a mother and her newborn as they struggle to survive. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, originally from Yahoo: Monkey Kingdom is directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill (both of Chimpanzee and Earth) and spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive
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Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' Trailer

Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' Trailer
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 group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. Life is grand, food is plentiful and safety is assured if you're lucky enough to be born on the higher rungs of the Troop's social ladder. But this young mother and her infant find themselves in a constant state of hunger, dodging threats from higher-ranking monkeys determined to keep them on their assigned rung. It'll take a lot of ingenuity, hard work, and a little luck, if this little family hopes to change their place in the world. Directed by Mark Linfield (Chimpanzee) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (Bears), Disneynature's eighth True Life Adventure, the follow-up to 2014's
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Disneynature’s New Monkey Kingdom Trailer Takes Viewers to a Land of Mystery, Magic, and Monkeys

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
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Film Review: ‘Bears’

Film Review: ‘Bears’
The quid pro quo thrown down by the Mouse House’s Disneynature series is pretty straightforward: If you can stomach the cheesy narration and the contrived storyline, you get a wealth of fairly glorious wildlife footage courtesy of “Planet Earth” auteur Alastair Fothergill in return. For the series’ latest installment, this proves to be an entirely fair trade. Though still clearly targeted toward the youngest of sensibilities, “Bears” is far less obvious in its pandering and desperate in its anthropomorphism than its 2012 predecessor, “Chimpanzee,” and thanks to its emphasis on actual ursine behavior, it seems unlikely to offend any attendant parents or zoologists in wide release.

Every production helmed by Fothergill (who shares director credit here with Keith Scholey) is bound to include at least one “never seen that before” moment of natural weirdness or grace. In “Bears,” the defining shot is an ultra-slow-motion, ultra-high-def image of an airborne salmon
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