Oscar, the simian subject of Chimpanzee
Oscar, the simian subject of Chimpanzee
  • Film
  • Recommended



3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

Anyone remember Disney’s ‘True-Life Adventures’, those short wildlife films with a cloying voiceover aimed at young kids? ‘Chimpanzee’ is a lot like that – although these days the footage is staggering. The crew has fantastic access to Oscar, a young chimp living in a National Park on the Ivory Coast, following his early life lessons and how he relates to peers. When tragedy strikes, the chimp forms a bond with an unusual source.

So, there’s a strong emotional arc that won’t fail to move you, and a few charming scenes in which we watch our fellow primates desperately trying to learn how to use makeshift tools (not to mention steal them off others). Unfortunately, we also have a narration from Tim Allen that will set many a tooth on edge: it’s trite and heavily anthropomorphised. And while Oscar’s story is heart-warming, it feels like a better fit for a short film, even if the footage deserves the big-screen treatment.

Release Details

  • Rated:U
  • Release date:Friday 3 May 2013
  • Duration:78 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
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