Chimpanzee: The Making Of The Film (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film))

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Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives in the animalkingdom. They share 98 percent of our genetic makeup; yetdespite our many commonalities, some aspects of chimpbehavior remain a mystery to us. Biologists studyingchimpanzees have made significant discoveries about ourprimate cousins, but the bulk of that knowledge has beengained relatively recently. We still have much to learn,and the need to learn is great; chimpanzees are highlyendangered in the wild, and some primatologists believe that they are at the brink of extinction.

In the hope that increased awareness will brighten thefuture for these great apes, Disneynature has released afilm following in the footsteps of Earth, Oceans, and AfricanCats. That film is Chimpanzee.Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film chronicles theentire process of the movies creation, from the idea that the directors pitched to Disneynature, to thechallenging filming that took place deep in the heart of Africa. Using their own words, the filmmakers discussground lost and ground wonboth in the context of thechimpanzees territory wars, and the progress of the filmitself.

The filmmakersperseverance was rewarded when they happened uponthe chimpanzees that would become the focal point of themovie: Oscar and Freddy. Orphaned at three, Oscar hadlittle chance of surviving without a mother to nurse himand teach him to sustain himself. So it was quite surprisingwhen the alpha male of the group, Freddy, adoptedthe baby and began taking care of him.
The heartwarming and remarkable relationship between these chimpanzees is captured within this book through anecdotes told by the filmmakers and stunning photographs taken in the Ta forest. Their story, as well as the story of the films production, will prompt both laughter and tears, so make sure to grab a hanky!

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