April 21, 2012
Don't sugar coat it, kid. Give it to me straight....
I'm happy I saw this movie but it's styled for little kids. The (true) story is wonderful but Disney has added plenty of sugar to satisfy the kiddie audience taste. I wish there were an adult version available that showed a bit more of the grit (ala, March of the Penguins)...which would serve to enhance the wonder of the miracle that happens. I don't think Disney has ever lived down killing Bambi's mother so they really sanitized this one (even still, I heard more than a few children sniffling in the audience, and who's to say some of those weren't adults). Tim Allen is the perfect narrator with some funny allusions to Tool Time, however, I wish sometimes he would just stop talking and let the footage run longer and speak for itself. The star of the movie is, of course, Oscar, the heart-stealing baby chimp...you'll want to put him in your pocket and take him home. Watch all the way through the credits...more great footage, plus a gentle nudge to get involved with primate conservation.
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