Monkey Kingdom trailer

Disneynature’s string of adorable animal documentaries will continue next year with Monkey Kingdom, about a tribe of monkeys living in the jungles of South Asia. They’re thousands of miles and several evolutionary branches removed from the subjects of this year’s Bears, and yet the formula remains pretty much the same.

There are cute-looking creatures and majestic-looking ones, and at the center of it all is a loose plotline about a mother and her baby fighting for survival in a harsh world. Watch the Monkey Kingdom trailer after the jump.

Disneynature debuted the first Monkey Kingdom trailer on Yahoo. The use of Lorde’s “Team” as the soundtrack has the weird effect of making these monkeys seem hip and with it, even though they’re wild creatures in the middle of nowhere.

Monkey Kingdom opens sometime around Earth Day 2015. Mark Linfield (Chimpanzee, Earth) directed and Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee, Bears) co-directed.

Disneynature’s “Monkey Kingdom” spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling 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, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. Life is grand, food is plentiful and safety is assured if you’re lucky enough to be born on the higher rungs of the Troop’s social ladder. But this young mother and her infant find themselves in a constant state of hunger, dodging threats from higher-ranking monkeys determined to keep them on their assigned rung. It’ll take a lot of ingenuity, hard work—and a little luck—if this little family hopes to change their place in the world. Directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters in April 2015.

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