Conclusion: Chimpanzee feels more scripted than earlier DisneyNature efforts like African Cats , but it allows younger viewers an easier way to understand what is going on. The documentary offers some amazing footage of chimps and their habitat and this Blu-ray brings it all to life vividly with its excellent visual and audio quality. The extras are decent as well which also helps, but I wish there was more educational extras about chimps and the attempts at preservation on here.
Conclusion: While some viewers will be put off by the near-constant narration or the efforts to turn this into a standard narrative drama, I greatly enjoyed Chimpanzee for its first-rate footage and fascinating subject matter. Though the Blu-ray's extras lean heavily on promotional material and the DVD's do entirely, the strong movie and sterling presentation are enough to warrant a look.
Excerpt: Really good nature photography is a special effect that never gets old, especially when the camera is trained on creatures or climates inaccessible to the rest of us. So for all of Chimpanzee 's faults as a people-pleasing Disney "documentary" hellbent on building a kid-friendly narrative, it contains enough stunning footage of the chimps and their jungle habitat to remain engrossing, even while it's insulting your intelligence.
Excerpt: On the Werner Herzog Nature Scale—1 being adorable emperor penguins in love and 10 being “the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder”—no Disney documentary is ever going to score anywhere above 5 or 6, tops. These are movies made for children, so there’s always going to be some cuddly anthropomorphizing, like half-formed cubs rolling on the forest floor or clinging to a mother’s teat.