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.

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Disneynature's Bears

After exploring Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and Chimpanzee(s) over the past few Earth Days, Disneynature is taking a bit of a break from the theater this year. Their next film, Wings of Life, hits later this month, but only on home video.

But fear not, because Disneynature will be back in full force next year. The documentary label has just revealed a trailer for its next theatrical release, the simply titled Bears. As you may have guessed from the title, the film looks at bears, described by directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey as “one of the most iconic animals on our planet.” Hit the jump to watch the video.

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As has been the case since 2009, each Earth Day brings with it another tremendous, next-level nature documentary from the folks at Disneynature. The latest one, Chimpanzee, is absolutely tremendous. And while bearing the mark of Disney does bring with it the need to make the films “fun for the whole family,” kudos must be given for not dumbing the story down too much.

While Chimpanzee does have narration and a story arc that is somewhat thrust upon it, the imagery is so gorgeous that maintaining any haughty criticism in just bananas. (Ha!) In celebration, this week’s TBMYPHS is focused on nature documentaries that stand out as transformative works of art. While I love some of the BBC/PBS stuff like, say, Wild China, we’re looking for a different type of journey with this one. Read More »

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