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Chimpanzee (2012) No amount of gorgeous jungle footage can make up for the fact that this Disney-produced documentary feels about as natural as an episode of The… 2012-04-20 PT78M Documentary Disneynature
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Chimpanzee (2012)

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HUMAN-LIKE Oscar tries to find companionship after he's left to fend for himself in Chimpanzee
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HUMAN-LIKE Oscar tries to find companionship after he's left to fend for himself in Chimpanzee
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 20, 2012; Length: 78 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Disneynature

No amount of gorgeous jungle footage can make up for the fact that this Disney-produced documentary feels about as natural as an episode of The Hills, though with (slightly) more feral characters. Narrated by Tim Allen, Chimpanzee gives us a fully smoothed-out story — about an orphan ape named Oscar — populated with chimps so cute and Disney-fied that you half expect them to break out in an Alan Menken song. Stay for the end credits: A mini making-of, showing the filmmakers' battles with bugs and jungle fauna, is more revelatory than anything in the actual movie. B

Originally posted Apr 12, 2012 Published in issue #1203-1204 Apr 20, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Apr 13 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $41.4 2 $159.0 B+
2.
Rio 2
Fox
$39.0 1 $39.0 NA
3.
Oculus
Relativity
$12.0 1 $12.0 NA
4.
Draft Day
Lionsgate/Summit
$9.7 1 $9.7 B
5.
Divergent
Lionsgate/Summit
$7.5 4 $124.9 B+
6.
Noah
Paramount
$7.4 3 $84.9 C+
7.
God's Not Dead
Freestyle
$5.5 4 $40.7 NA
8.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fox Searchlight
$4.0 6 $39.5 A-
9.
Muppets Most Wanted
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.2 4 $45.7 B
10. $1.8 6 $105.2 B
* in millions