Happy Earth Day! How are you planning to celebrate? Why not go check out the new Born In China movie from Disneynature? With adorable pandas, mischievous monkeys and fascinating snow leopards, this is the perfect way to celebrate this amazing planet we live on.
When I saw an advanced screening of Born In China recently, I totally fell in love with it! Director Lu Chaun takes us along to China as he follows three animal families in their native environment. The movie was both heartwarming and hilarious and filmmakers really seemed to capture the animals true personalities.
One main character was a giant panda named Ya Ya who had the most adorable baby panda you’ve ever seen. Like a human mommy, she adores her baby and wants nothing more than to snuggle and keep her safe. However, just like in our world, panda children can have a mind of their own and Ya Ya spends half of the movie worriedly following her baby around as she asserts her independence.
Fun fact: Filmmakers wore panda suits that looked and smelled like pandas in order to blend in. It obviously worked because the footage is amazing.
I also loved the story of the snub-nosed monkeys. While the baby panda is adorable, I think my girls are going to love the monkeys the most! This storyline centers around Tao Tao, who feels sad and ignored when a new baby sister is born. I dare you not to laugh hysterically as female monkeys fight to hold the new baby and Tao Tao and friends play silly games in the trees.
You’ll also be taken in by the emotions that the filmmakers were able to capture in Tao Tao. His little face is so expressive and you can almost tell exactly what he’s thinking. While they had to keep their distance from some animals, the camera crew had no problem getting close to the friendly monkeys.
Finally, filmmakers followed Dawa, a female snow leopard with two little ones to protect. It took three months for filmmakers to capture the elusive snow leopards on camera but it was worth the effort. They took fantastic footage of Dawa and her cubs as she fought off threats, hunted for food or just tried to sneak in a catnap.
If you have young children, you may want to have a quick talk with them before seeing the movie. I explained to my youngest that wild animals have to hunt for food and that sometimes in nature, animals die. This movie is suitable for all ages but if you have a sensitive child, the hunting scenes may bother them a little.
Whatever you do, don’t leave when the credits start rolling…you’ll want to stay for the outtakes. The monkeys really live up to their reputation and had a lot of fun “monkeying around” with the crew.
I dare you not to fall in love with these animals as you watch the movie. It will keep you entertained from start to finish and can’t wait to take my girls to see it now. I have a feeling that when it’s over, my five year old’s going to be begging for a pet monkey!
See the movie opening weekend and Disneynature will contribute to the WWF to protect giant pandas and snow leopards in China.
Now you want a sneak peek, don’t you?! Check out the official trailer for the Born In China movie here:
After you see the movie, you can go home and download this fun Born In China activity packet. Kids can learn more about the animals featured in the movie, solve secret codes based on the Chinese language, craft a snowflake, build a kite and more.
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