Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
April 24, 2012
Matthew Huntley: I agree with David on this being an exceptional debut for a nature film. In fact, it's the best opening of any of the Disney Nature productions, which isn't too much of a surprise considering that chimpanzees are the most human-like animals observed so far, and we all know how much humans like to watch things that are like them.
I know it's all for business, but I really hope Disney keeps making these movies because I think they truly have noble intentions and educate viewers in a sweet, innocuous way.
Regarding chimpanzees, I wish I knew more about them to make a better informed judgment (perhaps that's incentive for me to see the movie?), but based on what I know at this moment, I think they're cute, interesting and I admire their protective nature. I believe the premise of Chimpanzee is that an infant gets lost and is "adopted" by an older male; if that's the case, I can see them setting an example to humans. They also live minimally and in relative peace with one another. Wish we could ask them what their secret is...
Felix Quinonez: I haven't seen any of these Earth Day movies basically because they look like stuff I could watch on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic. I mean yes, Disney seems to have some good intentions, like educating people about...stuff, which is good. But if I'm just being honest, I have no interest in watching this stuff when it's on TV...for free, so I'm definitely not going to go the theater for it. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way...right? So a $10 million dollar opening seems very respectful to me.
As for chimpanzees in general, I just googled them and they're kind of cute, I guess. But, I mean, I'm a big fan of the Planet of the Apes series and I've seen those guys ride horse, shoot weapons, and even speak...so I'm not that impressed.
Reagen Sulewski: I gave this a slight uptick from the previous nature docs, but I had it in the back of my mind that this could break out a little more because of the Jane Goodall connection. If there's such a thing as a brand in this world, it's Goodall, and getting her blessing on this film made a difference, I'm sure of it.
Max Braden: What impresses me is that nature docs can perform in theaters when families can get high quality nature material like Planet Earth and Frozen Planet at home. I did enjoy TBS's Chimp Channel back in 1999. I think I enjoy snarky chimps more than back-talking, traffic-jam-causing chimps like in Rise of Planet of the Apes.