born in china

DisneyNature has been continuing the tradition Walt Disney started many years ago of producing animal documentaries filled with story, excitement, adventure, and fun. Their latest release, Born in China, ventures into the wilds of China to capture intimate moments with a panda and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

Whenever I’m watching a DisneyNature film, I sit there wondering how they create these films. The subjects are not as predictable and are much harder to photograph than the subjects of a traditional documentary. Are the stories crafted before the filmmakers head out into the wilds? Or is a narrative constructed in the editing room?

Last month, I talked with Born in China producer Roy Conli to find out the answers to these questions. Conli also serves on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Story Trust and has also produced films ranging from Treasure Planet to Frozen to Big Hero 6. As you’d expect, the nature documentary process is fascinating. Did you know that it took them 90 days to even get the first shot of the cubs in this movie? We discuss that and more in our Born in China interview.

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Born In China

Disneynature’s movies are underrated, and we don’t see enough movie blogs talking about these animal documentaries. For those of you who don’t know, Disney has been continuing the legacy that Walt Disney began by releasing new nature documentaries on a yearly basis to coincide with Earth Day.

Their latest documentary is a Chinese co-production, proving that kind of international collaboration is not limited to big brainless blockbusters. Born In China captures “intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.” Disney has given us an exclusive clip from the film from the golden monkey storyline from the movie, showing the first time Tao Tao’s newborn sister encounters the snow, which is too cute for words.

Hit the jump to see how Tao Tao’s sister deals with the snow.

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