Disneynature has done it again. Monkey Kingdom is their newest film, which hits theaters today, and it is amazing. The story line, the visual effects, and the monkeys. Everything about this movie screams GO SEE IT!
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.
Earlier this week I got a chance to see Monkey Kingdom before it opened in theaters. I am not only a huge fan of Disneynature but monkeys as well. So I was thrilled to see how Disneynature would capture these fun animals in their natural habitat. The movie is narrated by Tina Fey, so right from the start of the movie you know it’s going to be interesting. I couldn’t picture anyone else narrating this film. Her quirkiness definitely shined through in Monkey Kingdom.
The movie begins with Maya and it tells her story. As the story goes she finds a mate, has a baby named Kip and begins a whole new adventure. It’s really a fun story and very fascinating to get a real inside look at how these monkeys really live. There are some sad parts, funny parts and even a little bit of scary parts to the movie. But it’s nature and the film does an amazing job of sharing this secret world of monkeys with you.
One of my favorite parts about the movie is the visuals aspects, which are incredible. It blows my mind that people were actually able to get some of the shots in the movie, but they did. And it took them over three years to get them all.
If you are wondering what age range this movie is good for, I would tell you that all ages will love this movie. It’s got something that can appeal to everyone. Comedy, nature, animals, action and more. It’s a great film that I think kids and their families are really going to love.
For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.
Monkey Kingdom Trailer
And just in case you haven’t seen the Monkey Kingdom trailer, here it is.
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* I was invited to attend the Monkey Kingdom Event and to screen this film. All of my travel and accommodations were covered by Disney. No other compensation was provided. All other opinions expressed are my own.