Synopsis: Oscar, a baby chimpanzee is enjoying his life with his mother in the jungles along the Ivory Coast. Without warning, young Oscar is tragically orphaned during an attack from a rival group of chimpanzees. Afterwards, he attempts to survive on his own, and to be accepted by the other chimps. But Oscar struggles, until he is surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of his group.
Genre: Documentary
Actors: Tim Allen
Production: Disneynature
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

Once, not long ago,

in deepest Africa,

a great rain forest,

a wild, magical land,

barely touched by humankind.

It's a special day in the dark

heart of this forest.

There's a new life,

a precious baby boy named Oscar.

What's so special

about this little guy?

Well, something truly amazing

will transform his life.

And that's what our

story is all about.

Beneath this rain forest canopy

is a world that you or I

may never set eyes on.

It's a world with few people,

but still, it's full of drama,

sadness, and joy.

About three months have passed

since little Oscar brought

light into his mother's life.

Isha couldn't be happier

with her new baby boy.

Oscar's world revolves around Mom,

but there are 35 other chimpanzees

in his group

that make a kind of extended family,

and they're never far away.

Perhaps one day Oscar will become

an old-timer like Grandpa,

who will turn 50 this year.

But there are other kids, too.

They'll become Oscar's playmates.

It's a rich society,

but in the heart of the jungle.

Now, Oscar won't be

in his prime until he's over 20,

but one day, he'll look like this big guy.

This is Freddy,

and he's large and in charge.

His white beard shows his years

of wisdom and experience.

Right now, Freddy is untouchable.

And like most alpha males,

he couldn't care less

about the young upstarts

who would just love

to take over his job someday.

Yeah, yeah. Seen it all before.

You need brains

to make a living in this forest.

The jungle toolbox can help,

but only if you're bright

enough to use it.

Sometimes it just takes

a little home-schooling

available from your friends and family.

See? Like this.

Right there.

Even Rufus catches on, eventually.

There you go. Bugs on a stick.

It's finally time for Oscar

to leave his mother's side.

For Isha 's little boy,

this is independence day,

and independence

comes one step at a time.

Well, that's enough

independence for one day.

Oscar's forest home is a prime

piece of chimpanzee real estate

that appears rich and lush,

but it's a hard place to make a living.

The jungle itself is a living,

breathing thing

that doesn't want to be eaten.

Finding food here is a full-time job

that involves the whole family,

including Oscar.

Now that he's grown up a little,

he can start to explore on his own.

But he's not above

catching a lift when he can.

Really, why walk

when you can hitch a ride?

Keep it moving, Mom.

Freddy leads the search for breakfast.

It helps to have someone who

knows where they're going,

especially when the restaurant

is never in the same place.

Today the diner isn't even

in the same neighborhood.

To find the fruit they'll need,

they will have to travel much further

and take a risk.

Freddy knows the only fruit

available now

is on the far side of their kingdom,

out of their safe zone.

This border has been

a battleground for generations.

Everyone is on maximum alert

and treads as quietly as possible.

Freddy is leading them close

to their greatest enemies.

This ridge marks the start of territory

owned by a group

of rival chimpanzees.

The forbidden fruit is finally in reach.

Shh, Oscar. Shh.

Freddy sees his team

are outnumbered two to one.

The enemy has a formidable leader,


He and his team have had Freddy

in their sights for years.

Oscar clings to Isha.

They dare not make a move.

The rivals have caught their scent.

Oscar and the others

are in real danger.

Scar's drum is a threat.

For Isha, it's run or die.

Freddy leads the escape.

By running off Freddy's group,

their enemies have claimed

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Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill (born 10 April 1960) is a British producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the series producer of the series The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006) and the co-director of the associated feature films Deep Blue and Earth. Born in London, Fothergill attended Orley Farm School & Harrow School. He studied zoology at St Cuthbert's Society in the University of Durham and made his first film, On the Okavango, while still a student. Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and David Attenborough's The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the Unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced Attenborough's award-winning series Life in the Freezer. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award in 1996.In June 1998, he stood down as head of the Natural History Unit to concentrate on his work as series producer on the multi-award-winning The Blue Planet. In 2006 he completed his next major series Planet Earth. More recently he was executive producer of Frozen Planet (2011) and The Hunt (2015). He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss and is the author of three books. He was awarded the "Clean Energy Award" by BMW during the Cinema for Peace award ceremony on 11 February 2008. In 2008, he signed a multi-picture deal with newly formed Disneynature, and now spends six months each year on sabbatical from the BBC developing feature documentaries as an independent producer. The first two titles under the Disneynature deal had been, for now, African Cats (2011), Bears (2014) and Chimpanzee (2012), co-directed with Keith Scholey and Mark Linfield respectively. In 2016, Fothergill was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society for his work in natural history programming.Fothergill currently lives in Bristol with his wife Melinda and his two sons, Hamish and William. more…

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