Born in China is a new Disney Nature Documentary following the incredible story of three animal families. In theaters April 21st.
Another incredible experience that we had at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in February was the early screening of the new Disney Nature documentary – Born in China. Since the movie is coming to theaters next week, (April 21, Earth Day) I wanted to give you my review of the film! I’ll get right to the point, this was hands down the best nature documentary I have ever seen. I’m not being put up to reviewing this in any way, I just really loved it. Here is what made this movie amazing:
The Animals. This movie followed the story of 3 incredible animal families; pandas, monkeys, and snow leopards. It also featured some short stories from other animals in China, but the three families were the main focus of the film. You follow these families through several seasons and experiences that are completely hilarious at times and heart wrenching at others.
The Panda family consists of a mama and her baby girl, the baby is so curious and the mama is so protective. It makes for some great moments between the two, haha.
The snow leopards are probably the most incredible part of this movie. They were able to get footage and story of snow leopards that no one has ever been able to get before. Snow leopards are referred to as ghost cats, because they are nearly impossible to find and especially to film at the elevations and tundra where they live. They live at sixteen thousand feet above sea level and it takes 10 days to get there and climatize to begin shooting film, if they can find them. Not only did they get some footage of these cats but they were able to capture an entire story of a mother and her two cubs and their struggles to survive. I was so touched by this story and gained a whole new appreciation for these beautiful cats.
My favorite story was about a little monkey named Tao Tao. This cute little monkey loves his family but got pushed out of the picture when his little sister was born. His struggles are so funny and so sad and you can’t help but fall in love with him. We were laughing so hard at some of his experiences, it’s so funny how similar their emotions and the way they react to things are to us.
The other thing that really sets Born in China apart is that it is narrated by John Krasinski (Jim from the popular TV show, the Office). He was hilarious. It was so fun listening to him tell the stories. I love his sense of humor.
After the movie we had the opportunity to do a question and answer session with the producer from Born in China – Roy Conli. It was so interesting hearing the stories about what they had to go through to get the footage that they did, especially with the snow leopards. They were the first film crew to ever get significant footage of snow leopards and the only crew to get footage of cubs. There were a lot of political hoops and procedures that they had to go through to film there. Not to mention elevation acclimation and and weather.
I have one request! Go see this movie in the theaters the FIRST WEEK it is out. Between April 21st to the 28th a portion of the proceeds is going to the World Wildlife Fund, and will be specifically targeted toward panda and snow leopards, in terms of the protection of those populations. I’m quoting Roy Conli here: “The work that DisneyNature has done over the last ten years has helped protect 130,000 acres of chimpanzee reserve, create 65,000 acres of plainland for cats in Kenya, 400,000 acres protected in the U.S. National Park system, a 40,000 acre marine reserve in the Bahamas, protection of endangered monkeys in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, three million trees planted in the Amazon, in Brazil. This work is really, really important and it’s, I think, one of the greatest things that DisneyNature provides. And the World Wildlife Fund, in this particular instance, is going to be the beneficiary of that. And it’s going to help protect those populations for generations.”
How cool is that?? Go see it, you will love it! In the mean time, here are some cute clips: