Chimpanzee is the only Disneynature film that I’ve seen. It’s definitely a different sort of movie experience; there’s not any acting or plot for me to praise or criticize because everything we see is nature in action.
That being said, I did enjoy this documentary. The story of little Oscar’s struggle for survival and subsequent adoption by the leader of the tribe is a touching one, and it’s all the more impressive once you learn that this is the first time an instance like this has ever been documented on film.
However, I do have one complaint: Tim Allen as narrator. Now, he wasn’t awful all of the time; he did a fairly good job narrating, and he even managed to make me chuckle a few times. But there were moments throughout when I felt like he was trying too hard. I doubt Allen wrote his own material, which largely consisted of him assigning pointless dialogue to the fit the actions of the apes, so I can’t exactly blame him. Instead, I blame whoever decided to make Allen the narrator in the first place. In my opinion, Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films) is too big of a Disney name for something like this. The narrating job should have gone to someone less affiliated with Disney so that the audience could watch the movie more objectively.
Despite my issues with Tim Allen as narrator, like I said, I did enjoy the film and would definitely be interested in watching other Disneynature films…hopefully with a different narrator.
Rating: 2.5 (out of 5)