Let’s go on a virtual safari to the far regions of China with Disneynature’s magnificent documentary filmmakers. In March, we were invited to California, for a special screening of the movie: BORN IN CHINA. BORN IN CHINA takes us on an exciting and epic trip into the wilds of China to some of the more extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.
“The film shows an authentic side of nature in China that global audiences haven’t seen before,” says director Lu Chuan. “These animals are metaphors. They give birth, like we do. They do their best to raise their cubs, like we do. They succeed and they fail. Their drive to do what is best for their families resonates with all of us.”
We love watching documentaries, especially about animals. Launched in April 2008, Disneynature had a mission to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere.
Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking and produced 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first six Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” “Bears” and “Monkey Kingdom” are dazzling experiences for the whole family. If you haven’t seen them yet, you are missing out. Those films transport you to the depths of the dark ocean, jungles and treetops.
This Earth Day, Disney and narrator John Krasinski guide us along a year in a life of a select group of native Chinese animal families. Click here to read more about one of my favorite actors, the talented John Krasinski, and download wonderful Educator’s Guide and Activity Guide.
One story follows a two-year-old golden monkey. One day, his baby sister shows up, replaces him as the ‘baby’ in the group and he cannot figure out his new role in the monkey tribe. Feeling displaced, he joins a group of free-spirited outcasts.
In another part of the wild, Ya Ya, a doting mother panda bear guides her growing baby who begins to explore and seek independence. The ultimate ‘homeschool’ natural environment.
On the snowy mountaintop, Dawa/mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.
Disneynature’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all six films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has contributed to a host of conservation initiatives. Efforts include planting three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, cared for chimpanzees and educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation in the Congo. Additionally, efforts have funded research and restoration grants in U.S. National Parks, supporting conservation projects spanning 400,000 acres of parkland and protecting 75 species of animals and plants, and helped protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats across Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
Make sure to stay through the credits! The filmmakers added extra behind-the-scenes footage.
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BORN IN CHINA is rated G and opens in theaters everywhere April 21st!
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