Today sees the release of a trailer for Disney’s Earth Day 2012 nature documentary Chimpanzee. The distribution sector for this film is Disney Nature who had prior success with Earth, The Crimson Wing (a documentary about flamingos that never got a US release) and Oceans. The trailer is expected to play in front of another nature doc called African Cats, which gets released tomorrow. But today Yahoo! have released a trailer which showcases what looks to be a very nice and cute documentary about an orphaned chimp called Oscar.
I have to say, I am quite cynical about this on many levels but the main one being the whole tone of the trailer, especially with the voice over guy, it’s just nauseating. I’m sure lots of kids, who this is mainly aimed at, will love it but I’m not as convinced as many other journalists have been.
My kind of nature documentary is the stuff that Werner Herzog puts his name too, I’m not a huge lover of the sentimentalised view of nature that everything is perfect. But make up your own mind by watching the trailer and reading the synopsis below. (Collider)
Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield co-direct this intimate look at the world of chimpanzees, with Christophe Boesch, head of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, serving as principal consultant and Alix Tidmarsh as producer. To be shot over three years in the tropical jungles of the Ivory Coast and Uganda, Chimpanzee will help us better understand this exceptionally intelligent species.