Our friends at Disneynature bring us a fun new cinema experience with their upcoming theatrical film, Chimpanzee. This cinema delight follows the tale of Oscar, a loveable young chimpanzee who finds himself alone in the forest after being separated from his mother. Oscar’s journey begins as he attempts to find his mum among the other chimpanzees who call the Tai National Park in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa their home. This nature film is a true story, based on four years of footage that was shot in the chimpanzees’ natural habitat. In celebration of Chimpanzee, we invite you to #MeetOscar and the rest of our favourite movie primates. These playful fellows and Hollywood have a long and famous history as we highlight the very best as they monkey around!
Curious George (2006)
Perhaps the most recognizable primate on screen came in 2006 with the animated film, Curious George. Based on the notable children’s book series of the same name, Will Ferrell stars as the voice of Ted, or ‘The Man in the Yellow Hat’ as most people know. The film follows ‘The Man in the Yellow Hat’ as he looks after his pet monkey George, a curious and lovable creature whose mischievousness often gets him into trouble. Dating back to 1940, Curious George has become a legacy, with a popular PBS cartoon series and a sequel following the film in 2010. the realm of Curious George runs deep, as the cartoon was one of the most successful in PBS history and a sequel film followed the first. Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! follows George once again this time as he befriends a young elephant named Kayla.
‘‘I’ll be the best ape ever!’’ a boy named Tarzan proclaims in the Disney classic, Tarzan. Based on the book Tarzan of the Apes, the film tells the story of Tarzan himself, a human who was raised by gorillas in the jungle who must decide the world in which he belongs. Tarzan received critical success, as the first Disney animated film to open #1 at the box office since Disney favourite Pocahontas.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The toys are at it again in the third movie of the Disney series, Toy Story 3. When they toys are accidentally taken by Andy’s mom to a day-care centre instead of put up in the attic for storage, the Toy Story adventure unfolds as Andy gets ready to go to college. Our dearly loved cowboy Woody must work fast to convince the other toys that their departure from Andy’s life was truly an accident while convincing them to help devise a plan to return home. A cymbal-banging toy monkey is seen in the film, as he keeps watch over the other toys in an effort to prevent them from escaping the premises of Sunnyside Daycare. Complete with animation from Pixar, Toy Story 3 was nominated for five Academy Awards, including ‘Best Picture.’ Toy Story won the awards for ‘Best Animated Feature’ and ‘Best Original Song.’
The Hangover 2 (2011)
The gang’s all here and back together for the first time since that infamous bachelor party in Vegas, as the comedic foursome reunite for The Hangover II. Two years later, we see Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. As to be expected, Stu’s plan for a low key pre-wedding brunch goes awry as things usually seem to do. The Hangover 2 also features a drug dealing monkey, played by real life monkey Crystal. Crystal the Monkey is a capuchin monkey who acts on the side, as she can be seen in hits such as George of the Jungle and Night at the Museum. A monkey and an actor? How cool is that…
This Disneynature film may just feature the cutest primate of all time. Chimpanzee follows the story of Oscar, a young chimpanzee who becomes separated from his mother. Filmmakers witnessed a miracle of nature as an alpha male took Oscar under his wing to raise him as his own. This will be the most adorable cinema release of the year, once you’ve met Oscar you’ll never forget him!
Meet the adorable Oscar when he swings into cinemas with Chimpanzee May 3!