What is this #giantpanda plush waiting on? The April 21 release of @disneynature #BornInChina. My kids have named this guy that #Disney gifted me, ‘chopstick’. I go Mr that ironic because Giant Panda’s 🐼 diets consist almost exclusively of bamboo.🎋 In this film you will follow the stories of three animal families the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in an animal film.
Born In China. A Documentary My Kids Want To See
My family and I had the pleasure of screening Disneynature’s Born In China while attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I LOVE Disneynature films for the AMAZING cinematography but the kids love them for the storytelling and how Disneynature is able to make these magnificent animals so relatable to kids.
I am not a nature documentary watcher normally but I will definitely watch a Disneynature documentary. Disneynature is able to capture the lives of these animals and tell their story as only Disney is able to craft a story.
The films is titled ‘Born in China’ and featured on the poster is a mother panda bear and her cub but this film is actually the story of three different animal families, all native to China.
We just saw an advanced screening of @disneynature #BornInChina at #DisneySMMC. It was as breathtaking as I had hoped and you will be in awe of the storytelling of the #giantpanda , #snowleapord and a #goldenmonkey in China. In theaters April 21 and a portion of the first week of ticket sales will go to the @wwf Take your whole family that week! 🐼🐵
Ya Ya and MeiMei
MeiMei is the rolly polly newborn cub of YaYa. If you have not fallen in love with pandas before seeing ‘Born In China’ you will walk out of the theater smitten with this panda cub. Revered in China, the panda is endangered—there are only 1,864 living in the wild according to a 2014 census. Filmmakers captured stunning imagery of a mother panda and her cub as they interacted in the Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve, which is located in the Sichuan province in central China.
Ya Ya is a first time mom and any parent will see themselves in Ya Ya as she learns about her little girl. The love she has for MeiMei is evident in the film. We get to spend an entire year with these two and see how their love for eachother grows. Wait until the end when Ya Ya teaches MeiMei to climb a tree. You may just shed a tear or two.
Golden Snubbed-Nose Monkey
This story of TaoTao and his family. This family has the dynamics of every family I know!
- birth order
- wanting to be included
- parental favorite
- being the outcast
- new siblings
- family pride
- testing boundaries
- the prodigal son
- family loyalty
I have never laughed outloud at a nature documentary as I did watching TaoTao and his family. The storytelling by narrator John Krasinski, combined with the music make for storytelling that will make you laugh, cry and give your kids ‘the look’. You know the one. The one you give when you are trying to say…. see…. I told you so.
For me, this story brought back memories of elementary school. I had a friend Chrissy who was OBSESSED with the Snow Leopard. She could tell you facts and figures about the habits, habitat and how endangered the Snow Leopard is in China. She carried around a stuffed snow leopard to engage people to start a conversation about her beloved Snow Leopard.
Here we are, 30 years later and Disneynature was featuring Chrissy’s beloved animal.
This is the story of Dawa and how she cares for her twin cubs. The conditions are less than idea but her body is created to take on the elements. at 15,000 feet above sea level it is brutal conditions to live, never mind try and raise twin cubs to adulthood.
In order to film the mysterious and majestic animals, filmmakers flew into Beijing and spent eight days driving to the location. For humans, breathing adequate oxygen is not necessarily a given. Says Brian Leith,(producer) “You go higher and higher into tougher and tougher terrain while acclimatizing to the increasing altitude.” Filmmakers prepped extensively to ensure that proper medical assistance and emergency evacuation operations were in place prior to tackling the shoot. “Altitude sickness is a common illness among anyone going to that altitude,” says Leith.
A word of caution from one mom to another. There is one scene where Dawa is hunting for food for her cubs and attempts to capture the baby of another animal. The scene is heart wrenching because you know Dawa and her family is hungry but you also know the mother of the animal is fighting for its life. This might be difficult for some of the younger or more sensitive viewers to watch. But this is nature in its rawest and I feel Disneynature handled it with grace and dignity.
Again and again
I know a film is a hit for my kids when they are asking to go see it multiple times in the theater and even more so when they ask how much longer until we can get it on Blu Ray.
That is the case with Born In China. We see previews of it and they ask to go see it again and again.
Go See It In Theaters FIRST!
Moviegoers who see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film Born In China during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China. So it is important to the ANIMALS that you go see it in theaters opening weekend.
BORN IN CHINA is rated G and opens in theatres everywhere April 21st!
Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.