Monkey Kingdom

Synopsis: A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill (co-director)
Actors: Tina Fey
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

until he leaves, or...

That'll do.

He's not dead.

He's just asleep.

Every morning,

the troop leaves Castle Rock

to scour the forest

for breakfast.

Maya can't afford

to be a picky eater.

Don't worry.

Bambi's not on the menu.

And this squirrel won't seem

to give up his food. Oh.

But, uh,

maybe this is promising.


At nearly 40 years old,

Grandpa only moves

when the group tells him

it's worthwhile.

That's monkey-speak

for "Jackpot!"

But guess who got there first.

Mushrooms are like

potato chips for the sisters.

Once they start,

they just can't stop.

Maya waits. This is what

it means to be last in line.

By the time your turn comes,

there's nothing left.

Midday, a scorcher.

Too much lunch.

It's already Grandpa's

fourth nap of the day.

Raja and the sisters

enjoy the sweet dreams

of the high-born.

Maya, on the other hand...

The sisters' kids

don't feel like napping.

Maya makes

the best play structure.

She'd love to object,

but one swat

at the sisters' kids

and there would be big trouble.

Maya just has to take it.

Even if they use her tail

as a rope swing.

That's gotta hurt.

"Guys, don't mess

with the hair."

At just one month old,

these kids already know

Maya's place.

And it's not up there.

So they can poke Maya

in the eye repeatedly.

And forage for food

inside her mouth!

That's rude.

Maya will never know

the sweet life,

but she does get a break


To de-stress, macaques visit

their less

sophisticated cousins,

the langurs,

treating them like pets.

Seems to lower the blood

pressure and calm the nerves.

The langurs don't mind.

In fact,

they may not even notice.

Not the sharpest tools

in the shed,

these guys.

And if you want a super fun,

stimulating playmate,

you might have to keep looking.

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Mark Linfield

Mark Linfield is a British writer, producer and director of nature documentaries for cinema and television. He is best known for his work with the BBC Natural History Unit as a producer of two episodes of the television series Planet Earth (2006) and as writer and co-director of the associated feature film Earth (2007). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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