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The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.




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The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

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Rated PG for thematic elements involving animal behavior, and brief smoking images | See all certifications »

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28 December 2017 (Netherlands)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$58,348, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

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$1,723,379, 18 March 2018
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Jane Goodall: It was probably mostly frustrating because they kept running away. And while chimpanzees are running away from you, you can't really get down to the details of their behavior and in the back of my mind it was always the fear if I don't find out something exciting, the money will run out cause all my earlier observations were either chimps close up running away or sitting on the peak or some other spot and watching them through binoculars.
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A New Generation
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14 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Positives: Seeing & hearing about her early life s a teen and younger was interesting especially as it related to her naturalist motivations. Seeing how she observed and interacted with the African landscape also interesting. A taste of her observational methodologies that she felt comfortable developing including the interactions with the chimps interesting as well although some criticize as not scientifically rigorous. Negatives: The major negative, and which Nat Geo should be ashamed, is the lack of subtitling to help some viewers as well as to compensate for at times poor audio. Yes, Nat Geo, dialogue is important. Minor, almost neutral, is the Glass background music which may be excessive to some viewers, and a lot of footage for ambience such as caterpillars crawling on a branch. Would have liked a bit more on her later life, and what research is currently finding at her chimp center.

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