In theaters on Friday, April 21 is the latest film from Disneynature, Born In China. Read on to learn not only about this movie, but also how you can support the World Wildlife Fund.
Disneynature has produced a number of documentaries over the years that highlight the importance of nature conservation. Their latest film, Born In China, centers on animals that call China home. We see not only how they come to life, but also survive.
The film focuses primarily on three species: snow leopards, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and of course pandas. In each case we see the importance of family to these various animals. Maternal instincts serve as a motivating factor in numerous decisions made by these various species. At times these instincts compete with one another as a predatory and prey interact with one another. In all cases, it is clear that these mothers will go to great lengths to protect their young. The film even shows times when being overprotective can hinder the growth of a young cub. It is amazing to see parallels between human familial instincts and those of these animals native to China.
Born In China serves as a tremendous teaching tool for young kids to learn more about animals they may not know on the other side of the world. The filmmakers did a tremendous job of providing some light humor and heartwarming moments that will keep kids engaged while they learn all about mischievous monkeys for instance. Did you know that even monkeys exhibit sibling rivalry? We expect kids with younger siblings will relate to the story of TaoTao, the golden snub-nosed monkey.
Adults will enjoy taking in the breathtaking landscape that transforms with each passing season. We see how the bitterly cold environment gives way to a blooming landscape complete with awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Passing on the importance of conversation to the younger generation can’t be overstated. Born In China serves as a great introduction to educating young kids on wildlife. Plus, Disneynature has committed to making a donation to the World Wildlife Fund based upon ticket sales from the first week of release. We can’t think of a better way to commemorate Earth Day with your kids.
P.S. Be sure to stay for some entertaining behind the scenes footage at the beginning of the end credits.
Disclosure: We were provided a complimentary advance screening of the film to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.