Walt Disney created the original Disneynature films with his True-Life Adventure films. These films were released between 1948-1960 with titles such as Seal Island, The Vanishing Prairie, and the Living Desert. There were a total of 13 films released and 8 of them won Academy Awards.
In 2008 Disney launched Disneynature to produce nature documentaries and Monkey Kingdom is their 8th film to be released.
I previewed Monkey Kingdom and I really enjoyed it because the movie deals with a lot of the same issues that humans deal with. At some point in our lives we have had to deal with the struggle to be accepted by our peers, to be loved and to provide a better environment for our children. I found Monkey Kingdom to be a profound look at how much human nature and monkey nature are very similar.
I really feel that Monkey Kingdom is the best Disneynature film to date.
Here are my 8 reasons why you should see Monkey Kingdom.
1. Disney Donates
Monkey Kingdom opens on Earth Day, April 17th. For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015) Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International. It is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day, spend time with your family and give back to nature.
2. Mothers Are Awesome
Maya is a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey. In the movie we see the good and the bad times in her life. But you will see how with determination to provide a better life for her young son Maya makes the impossible, possible.
The moments between Maya and Kip are precious and will warm your heart. In a way I can related to Maya because as a mother I do everything I can to make a better life for my daughters so that they can become successful people in life.
3. Location, Location, Location
The location of the movie is stunning and is set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. The filmmakers spent just over 1000 days filming for the 88 minute movie.
The filmmakers were still filming until late December 2014 to get one last perfect shot of Monkey Kingdom and the night sky in a time lapse, it really is amazing to see.
4. Tina Fey
Who better to give a voice to a clever monkey than Tina Fey? She is the perfect narrator for the movie because her clever quips mixed with a gentle motherly tone of emotion at just the right places gives “Monkey Kingdom” a wonderful voice.
5. Jungle Book
When filming began, the movie was intended to be about the animals in the jungle, something similar to Junlge Book.
6. They’ve Done Their Homework
The macaque monkeys of Sri Lanka have been studied for nearly 50 years by Wolfgang Dittus.
Together, his and Jane Goodall’s study at Gombe are the longest running studies of wild primates.
7. Baby Monkeys
The baby monkeys in the film will melt your heart, they are so sweet and adorable. I could have watched 88 minutes of just baby monkeys running around the jungle.
Look, more monkeys!!
8. The Music
I really loved the songs that appeared in the movie, the song selections were perfect! The opening scene is one of my favorite sequences in the film.
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.
Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015. For more information about the film and the conservation program, go to www.disney.com/monkeykingdom.
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