Tim Allen provides the voiceover for this Disney documentary about a three-year-old chimp that becomes separated from his pack and is forced to survive alone in the jungle with only a massive film crew for company. Disney’s documentary arm is doing great business these days by offering soft-hearted, slightly saccharine portraits of life in the animal kingdom to multiplex audiences weaned on ‘March of the Penguins’ and ‘Meerkat Manor’. Expect ‘Chimpanzee’ to follow the same template, heavily anthropomorphising its furry hero Oscar, and prompting audiences to point and squeal: ‘Look! It thinks it’s people!’.
Friday May 3 2013
Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield