Monkey Kingdom Movie Review
It’s opening day for Disneynature Monkey Kingdom and I’m so excited for everyone to see this amazing movie. I love Disneynature movies our favorite so far has been Flamingos but we are really excited about Monkey Kingdom. I encourage you to go see the movie during opening week because Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more athttp://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom. I attended a screening for Monkey Kingdom, any opinions expressed are my own.
I’ve been excited for this movie since I saw the trailer and I couldn’t wait to see the preview during the #MonkeyKingdomEvent this week in Orlando. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a movie in Downtown Disney. We arrived just in time to get in our seats and the movie started about fifteen minutes after we arrived. I didn’t know what to expect from the movie but I could tell almost immediately I would love it. There’s so much I could tell you about this movie and why I think you should see it with your family, especially during opening week. I’ll start with the soundtrack. The music in the movie helps craft the perfect story line. That and the narration of Tina Fey. Fey adds just the right amount of character and delivers a stellar story. It’s odd because I knew it was Tina Fey narrating however I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t even pay attention much to her voice. The opening music scene was awesome, they relied on the Beatles – We’re the Monkeys to introduce the audience to the cast of characters including the heroine Maya, a blond bobbed monkey.
The movie then gives us the back story of these monkey in their natural habitat in South Asia. We learn about key members of the film and that’s when we start the story of Maya and her journey as a part of the low born of Castle Rock. Being a low born monkey Maya had to scratch and scrap for her food. She was amount the last to eat, she was mistreated and her life was rough. A visit from a male monkey looking for a home. That’s where Maya’s story starts to change and her life makes a dramatic turn. Shortly after the birth of her son Kip.
Kip’s arrival made all the difference in Maya’s life. She was resourceful before his arrival but after she became more and more determined to make sure she was well fed so she could nurse her child. Seeing her bond and determination to provide a good life for Kip reminded me so much of how human parents are with their children. She became less about the tribe and focused on her son. The movie also has lots of funny aspects to make you laugh and enjoy yourself while watching it. There’s also a lot of educational pieces to this title as well. I learned quite a few things about these monkeys and their home in South Asia. It’s a great movie for the whole family to enjoy and what’s even better is the opportunity to watch the movie during opening week (April 17th to 23rd). Disneynature will make a donation in your name to Conservation International to protect monkeys and other animals in their natural habitats, as well as secure clean water sources in areas of South Asia, Cambodia and Indonesia. Being able to give back and enjoy a movie is a win win for me. I loved the movie and I’m sure you’ll love it as well.
About Monkey Kingdom and Disneynature:
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.
“Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
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