Chimpanzee 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… Chimpanzee 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 Aug 17 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $28.4 2 $117.6 C+
2.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$24.7 3 $222.3 A-
3. $17.7 1 $26.1 F
4.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$16.2 1 $16.2 B
5.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$12.8 1 $12.8 C-
6.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$7.7 2 $31.3 D+
7.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$7.1 2 $23.6 B
8.
Lucy
Universal
$5.3 4 $107.5 B
9.
Step Up All In
Lionsgate
$2.7 2 $11.8 B-
10.
Boyhood
IFC
$2.1 6 $13.8 A
* in millions