Now available on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack is Disneynature’s Chimpanzee.

Chimpanzee is the real life story of a three year old chimp named Oscar.  We are first introduced to Oscar and  his extended family when he’s about 6 months old.  We get to see how the chimpanzees interact with each other.  They really are a family unit and there’s some striking similarities between their behavior and human behavior.  Skills are passed on as the older ones teach the young how to use rocks as tools (hammers, specifically) to crack open nuts for food that they place on logs.  It’s not as easy as it looks but the skilled, older ones make it look like it is.

Oscar and his tribe have some prime jungle real estate.  Living fairly close to nut bearing trees (an easy source of food) makes their territory desirable to a rival tribe of chimpanzees and their leader, Scar.  A series of events leading up to a fight for territory ends up orphaning Oscar at the tender age of three.  Without a mother and no other female chimpanzee willing (or able) to take him on as their own, Oscar might be a gonner.  But something remarkable happens.  The alpha male of the group, Freddy, starts to take on grooming and teaching Oscar as well as sharing food with him.  This is an event that’s incredibly rare and it’s an amazing thing to have been captured on film.

With narration by Tim Allen, Chimpanzee is full of heart warming and hilarious moments that the whole family will enjoy.

Bonus features are definitely worth watching and remind us of what’s really going on behind the scenes and cameras that we can easily be taken for granted when viewing the film.

Film Synopsis:
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” and “African Cats,” comes “Chimpanzee” — a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African forest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. His playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Stunning hi-definition images bring you up close and personal as Oscar and his family navigate the complex territory of the forest. It’s an inspiring and life-changing adventure that overflows with courage and charm. And it will capture your heart.

Talent/Cast:
Tim Allen (Toy Story) as Narrator

Rated:
 G

Run Time: 78 minutes

Bonus Features:

DVD:

  • “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”—This feature details the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program and how for every copy of the film purchased until August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation to JGI to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. The feature also includes an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
  • Disney’s Friends for Change—This feature highlights Disney’s Friends for Change, a program that showcases steps that kids and families can take to make a positive impact on the world and the people and animals that live there.
  • Disney’s Conservation Legacy—This feature provides a look at the conservation efforts that Disney sponsors around the world.

BLU-RAY:
Everything on the DVD, plus …

  • ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE” is a series of exciting short features that delve further into the incredible lengths the filmmakers went to tell the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family.
  • 30 Years in the Making—The story of the team of researchers who have been observing chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast for 30 years.
  • The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”—A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the film was made.
  • Piece of the Puzzle—A cameraman’s two-hour daily trek through the forest to get to the chimpanzees.
  • Don’t Blame the Tool—An observation of the chimpanzees’ daily lives and how they use rocks as tools to prepare their food.
  • Scar’s Army—An inside look at the struggles between the film’s two rival chimpanzee groups who share the same forest home.
  • Camp Invaders—A featurette on all the creepy, crawly creatures found at the filmmakers’ forest camp.
  • Forest of Bees—A feature detailing how the crew spent two days wading through a sea of bees that inhabited their filming location in order to capture 20 seconds of footage.
  • “Rise” Music Video—A music video featuring Hollywood Records recording artists McClain Sisters who wrote and performed the inspirational song that plays during the film’s end credits.
  • Behind the Scenes of “Rise”—An inside look at McClain Sisters music video shoot.

DIGITAL:

  • “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”
  • Disney’s Friends for Change
  • Disney’s Conservation Legacy
  • “Rise” Music Video
  • ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE”
  • 30 Years in the Making
  • The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”