See ‘Chimpanzee’ Film by Disneynature, Save Chimpanzees


In theaters Earth Day 2012, Disneynature’s newest True-Life Adventure CHIMPANZEE, introduces Oscar, a young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest until a twist of fate leaves Oscar to fend for himself with a little help from an unexpected ally.

View the official trailer:

CHIMPANZEE, directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the award-winning team responsible for the acclaimed nature film EARTH, utilizes extraordinary, never-before-seen footage to introduce moviegoers to Oscar, an adorable young chimp, and his primate family living in the heart of the African forest.

“We are very excited to bring the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family to the big screen. CHIMPANZEE showcases the incredible personalities and heartwarming relationships of these amazing animals,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “As part of our company’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and empower audiences to participate in global conservation, Disneynature is proud to join with the Jane Goodall Institute in its efforts to secure a future for chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo.”

During the film’s opening week (April 20-26, 2012), Disneynature will donate a portion of the ticket sales to the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in order to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.  Founded by primatologist Jane Goodall in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute seeks to improve global understanding and treatment of great apes, contribute to their preservation through conservation and promotion of sustainable livelihoods, and create a worldwide environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages.

Jane GoodallUsed with permission from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


“The Jane Goodall Institute is proud to work so closely with Disneynature on the release of CHIMPANZEE,” said Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “JGI has been working in Africa for almost 35 years following on from my research begun in 1960. We are thrilled to extend our impact and efforts through this collaboration to support and celebrate such a wonderful film. Together, we can truly make a difference and are thrilled to have Disneynature join our efforts to protect chimpanzee habitats, care for orphaned chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo and educate a new generation of young people and connect them to nature.”


View Disneynature’s CHIMPANZEE Featurette “See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees”:


CHIMPANZEE is the fourth release for Disneynature.  The first three releases – “EARTH“, “OCEANS” and “AFRICAN CATS” are among the top four highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.  Proceeds from those documentaries were donated to The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program, Adopt a Coral Reef Program, and the African Wildlife Foundation, respectively.


CHIMPANZEE Movie PosterCHIMPANZEE opens on April 20, 2012.  See it opening week to support chimps through donations from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the Jane Goodall Institute.  For more information about the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, please visit


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