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
Movie Review

Chimpanzee (2012)

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 Jul 13 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $73.0 1 $73.0 B+
2. $16.5 3 $209.0 D+
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4. $6.7 5 $172.0 B-
5. $5.9 5 $152.1 B
6.
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7.
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8.
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9.
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* in millions