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 Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions