DisneyNature documentary “Chimpanzee” about baby chimp Oscar opened to mostly positive reviews this Earth Day weekend and came in fourth place at the box office behind “Think Like A Man,” “The Lucky One” and “The Hunger Games.”
The Washington Post’s Michael O’Sullivan writes, “One wonders whether more than a few viewers won’t want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film.”
Reviewer Leonard Maltin says, “Older kids and grownups will be especially impressed with behind-the-scenes footage that is shown at the end of the picture, where we see some of the techniques that directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield employ to capture their amazing footage.”
“Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats,” writes Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post, though she also points out that the movie, “works harder than it needs to — or should — to state the drama in Oscar’s story. His mother ‘couldn’t be happier’ with her infant, we’re told early. And a vamping tune ushers in the boogie-woogie hilarity of some young males carousing. ‘Jungle Book’ anyone?”
Do you think “Chimpanzee” is worth seeing?