Chimpanzee is the sixth nature documentary from Disneynature which follows a chimp nicknamed Oscar struggling to survive in the rainforest of Africa. Although Chimpanzee is the sixth movie from Disneynature it is only the fourth to be featured in US theatres.
Chimpanzee, like its predecessors, is a narration that tells a story and at the same time tries to raise awareness about nature in the audience. The film is narrated by the voice of Tim Allen, who was not able to project the charisma and distinctiveness other narrators have. Unlike Sir Patrick Stewart or James Earl Jones, Tim Allen does not have the presence of voice which the previous actors are known for. For Disneynature it should have been a clear sign that something was wrong when your movie was being narrated by Santa Claus.
Chimpanzee was shot in the actual jungle while a crew followed and tracked the apes in the rainforest. The crew did an excellent job in filming the rainforest capturing many fast-forward shots that show how everything in the forest moves and how the forest comes alive at night. The film showed the biodiversity of the rainforest from plants and insects to the apes which were the spotlight of the movie. The filming crew was able to capture shots of the chimpanzees during their everyday routine in the forest end even captured them several times interaction with the other inhabitants of the rainforest.
The spectacular shots of the rainforest and the amazing ability of the camera crew to film the chimps without intruding in their group earned Chimpanzee 4.5 airplanes out of 5. Chimpanzee is an interesting documentary about the lives and social behavior of chimps in the rainforests of Africa; if you are going to see this movie see it before Friday because for every ticket purchased, Disney will donate twenty cents to the Jane Goodall Institute to help protect chimpanzee habitats in Africa.