You all know I am a huge lover and supporter of animals so Disneynature films hold a special place in my heart. If you’re unfamiliar, Disneynature, owned by Walt Disney Studios, produces nature documentaries. Through my work on Disney press trips the past few years I have been a part of Monkey Kingdom, Bears and now Born in China.
I could watch a hundred sad movies and never cry but when it comes to Disneynature films they get me every darn time! The beauty and nature that is captured in these films is truly breathtaking. In Born in China you will follow along with several families including snow leopards, snub-nosed monkeys and pandas.
Snow leopards are my favorite of the animal families in Born in China. They are stunning, ring-spotted large cats living in the western mountains of Central Asia. You’ll follow along with Dawa and her cute cubs. You’ll see the harsh conditions she lives through with her cubs and how she will stop at nothing to protect them. It is an incredibly sad story but captured so beautifully.
Meet Dawa in the clip below:
Monkeys are so curious creatures. The snub-nosed monkey inhibits the mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. It’s fun watching Tao Tao grow up with his family and all the mischief he gets into with his gang, The Lost Boys.
Meet Tao Tao in the clip below:
Giant Pandas are only found in China living the wild. China actually has 67 protected reserves to help saving the existing panda habitat and provide them with a safe oasis. You will follow along with YaYa and her newborn daughter, MeiMei. Their typical days are eating, resting and sleeping but we’ll see MeiMei learning and growing.
Meet Ya Ya & Mei Mei in the clip below:
About Born in China
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.
Born in China is the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
The first six big-screen releases under the Disneynature label—Earth, Oceans, African Cats, Bears, Monkey Kingdom and Chimpanzee—are among the top seven highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.
Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including Seal Island (1948), Beaver Valley (1950), The Living Desert (1953) and Jungle Cat (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.
Disneynature’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all six films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has contributed to a host of conservation initiatives. Efforts include planting three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, cared for chimpanzees and educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation in the Congo.
Additionally, efforts have funded research and restoration grants in U.S. National Parks, supporting conservation projects spanning 400,000 acres of parkland and protecting 75 species of animals and plants, and helped protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats across Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
Born in China is rated G and opens in theatres everywhere April 21st!