I was recently invited to San Francisco by Disney to experience some new films and shows. Part of that event included a special early screening of Born in China, a breathtaking film of family, survival and nature.
Disneynature films gives everyone a look at some of the most amazing and beautiful wildlife in the world. A look at some of the most amazing and beautiful locations in the world. I have always found each film to be educational and interesting. So much of what they produce teaches both children and adults so many wonderful things about nature. Born in China is no different. The film centers around three animal families – a Panda and her cub, a snow leopard mom and her two off-spring and a full clan of golden snub-nosed monkeys.
The film will be opening on April 21 and moviegoers who see Born in China during its opening week in 2017 will benefit World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
The film is narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”). He guides us on a journey into the wilds of China where few people ever venture and has us following the stories of the three animal families. We are transported via film to some of the most extreme environments on earth and given the opportunity to witness some intimate moments of these animal families.
A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as the innocent cub tries to explore and become independent. A two year old golden snub-nosed monkey, feeling displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts (that I lovingly started to refer to as the “lost boys”). A mother snow leopard is the most amazing of all since snow leopards are rarely caught on camera. The hardships she faces trying to raise her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet is heartbreaking. The landscapes are awesome and beautiful. Born in China is overall a fascinating nature film.
While I believe the film is family friendly overall, is educational, and holds a true message of family bonds, there are scenes of animals in extreme danger and fighting against each other for survival, as well as death that could be scary for very little or sensitive kids. The harsh realities and images of the existence of these animal families living in the wild include seeing a baby monkey being swept up by a hawk, animals viciously attacking each other, and the death of an animal mother. Older kids and parents will likely be interested in seeing this remote part of the world and its inhabitants and not be disturbed because of a better understanding. I also think the film, along with many other Disneynature films, are ideal for home-schooling families. The film ends with some wonderful out-takes that give you a greater look at what went into the making of this beautiful story.
The scenery is stunning and gives us a look at areas of China that most of us will never see. The film will definitely tug at your heart while keeping you interested, amazed and occasionally amused.
Fun Facts to download about the adorable pandas in the film:
Two great clips from the movie that will definitely put a smile on your face!
Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is 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, producing 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 six of the top seven highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. 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.
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Check out a previously published post HERE that offers a Born in China Activity Pack. The activity packet is perfect for homeschooling families as well as anyone with a thirst for knowledge, or simply anyone that just loves animals.
I was provided an all expense paid trip for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.