Visually stunning and heartwarming
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Disney's Chimpanzee is visually stunning and particularly well showcased in the Blu-Ray format. Getting a glimpse into the lives of wild chimpanzees is quite a treat, and I was continually struck by how similar they are to humans, yet they are still wholly themselves. And, of course, Oscar is delightful to watch. Tim Allen's narration is a nice addition, and I like the subtle humor he adds. The budding relationship between Oscar and the alpha male of his group is intensely heartwarming.

What I was less impressed with is the implication involved in casting Scar (head of rival chimpanzee group) as a bad guy. I think it's important to keep in mind that the movie is shot with the intention of telling a story, and Disney is notorious for casting black-and-white villains with little depth. Noticeably, Scar is the only chimpanzee in his group given a name and semblance of a personality (and it's a negative one), and there is no word on whether or not there are females or baby chimpanzees in his group. He is portrayed as the head of a vicious, masculine fighting force, bent on destroying Oscar's little family group, but who knows what the reality of the situation is? My guess is, it's a lot more nuanced than Disney suggests.

But still, chimpanzees! Beautiful rainforests! Incredible slow-motion/fast-motion shots of insects and water droplets and growing fungi and all manner or life! Definitely worth a watch.