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Chimpanzee: Blu Ray Review

Chimpanzee is available in stores on August 21, 2012. Courtesy of DisneyNature


As our genetic ancestors, chimpanzees give humans a glimpse into our extremely distant past. In DisneyNature’s documentary, Chimpanzee, we follow a group of chimps living in the forests of Africa as they try to keep their home safe from an invading clan of rival chimpanzees (Remind you of anyone you know?). Possibly the most intriguing aspect of this film is the story of baby Oscar and the unlikely relationship he forms with the alpha male of his group, Freddy.

This beautifully shot documentary delivers a powerful story of both spirit and family. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, as is the in-depth camera work the crew managed to achieve in order to bring us intimately close to this group of playful primates.

Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield managed to show the darker side of the animal’s lives, but successfully cut everything graphic and potentially disturbing out for those younger and ever so sensitive viewers. With the assistance of Tim Allen’s (Toy Story, The Santa Clause) playful narration, younger audience members will be thoroughly engaged in this astonishing world of survival.

DisneyNature has included a fantastic array of special features for the Blu Ray + DVD release. Every minute of the On Location: Making Of Chimpanzee featurette is a must watch. It chronicles the pain-staking efforts the crew went through to deliver this astonishing footage. Also included is “Rise” Music Video By McClain Sisters, Behind The Scenes Of “Rise”, See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzee, Disney’s Friends For Change, and Disney’s Conservation Legacy.

Bottom Line: Whether you live alone or have a large family, everyone will be captivated by this heartfelt documentary and its phenomenal cinematography.

Movie Grade A
Blu Ray Grade A

Runtime: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

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Chimpanzee: A swinging good time

Tim Allen narrates DisneyNature's latest documentary, Chimpanzee. Courtesy of Disney Nature


Seeing animals in a zoo is nothing like watching them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzees, while playful, are also territorial beings much like we humans are. This similarity paired with countless others makes DisneyNature’s latest documentary, Chimpanzee, simply intriguing.

This documentary follows a group of chimps (with which we share the most DNA) living in the forests of Africa as they try to keep their home safe from an invading clan of rival chimpanzees. Possibly the most intriguing aspect of this film is the story of baby Oscar and the unlikely relationship he forms with the alpha male of his group, Freddy.

This beautifully shot documentary delivers a powerful story of both spirit and family. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, as is the in-depth camera work the crew managed to achieve in order to bring us intimately close to our distant genetic ancestors.

What really brings the entire production together is Tim Allen’s (Toy Story, <emThe Santa Clause) narration. The man who famously voiced Buzz Lightyear provides humour while simultaneously giving every moment the perfect emotional tone. He even throws in a hint of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor for good measure.

Directors , Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield who also directed DisneyNature’s Earth together, manage to give us a great deal of insight into the chimpanzees world. They even managed to show the darker side of the animal’s lives, but successfully cut everything graphic and disturbing out for younger and sensitive viewers.

To top it off there is a bonus making-of montage, so make sure to stay put when the credits start to roll.

Bottom Line: This is one of the best documentaries Disney has released to date. Don’t miss it!

Grade A+

Runtime: 78 minutes
IMAX: No
3D: No


Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns DVD + Digital Copy Review

Jake and his pals help Peter Pan in a full length adventure. Courtesy of Disney Jr.


Scottish novelist J.M. Barrie created the iconic character of Peter Pan back in 1902. Over the years Pan has appeared in many films, television shows, plays and story books. His latest appearance is in Disney Jr.’s one hour special Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns, a television show aimed at 2-5 year old children.

In this special, Jake and his three pirate companions help Peter Pan retrieve his mischievous shadow from the dastardly Captain Hook and his swash-buckling crew.

This musical series features some eye-catching animation mixing hand-drawn with 3D digital renderings. The adventures in which the characters take part are interactive, asking toddlers to participate without talking down to them like other shows which shall remain respectfully unnamed (Dora the Explorer).

In this special home release, there are a lot of goodies for your little ones to dive into. In addition to the Peter Pan Returns special, five additional episodes of the show are also included along with a music video at the end of each segment. There are also two special features, including Yo Ho, You Ready To Find Peter’s Shadow?, an extra adventure for kids to follow along and interact with, and Pirate Party With Pirate-oke, which allows viewers to watch the music videos in a karaoke style.

As an additional bonus, an inflatable pirate sword just like Jake’s is included to help your child make-believe with his pirate friends.

This is a jam packed DVD + Digital Copy release that fans of the show will be able to enjoy time and time again.

Bottom Line: Pick up a copy for your young, heroic pirate-to-be today and revel in their jolly good times.

Runtime: Approx. 169 minute
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1