Chimpanzee (2012) 5/5 – Amazon views of a chimp named Oscar

Few nature films capture the violent and beautiful situation we find in the rainforest. In this case, we have a nature documentary film that says so much. The film is shot through the point of view of a small endearing chimp named Oscar.



“A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.” -IMDB


Tim Allen Narrator (voice)

Directed by

Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

Written by

Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

Other Info

Fri 20 Apr 2012 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.2

Oscar plays, he eats, he sulks, he has so many emotions that would be lost without the cameras. It’s easy to forget he’s a chimp and see him as a human little boy, foraging his way in the Amazon. His life would be footloose and free were it not for the hells of nature. The death of his mother causes hardship almost too unthinkable to imagine. The cameras keep rolling, even when it seems all is lost.

Family swoops in to save what is left of its own. That’s what happens in this film. The cinematography is breathtaking. We see Oscar fght for his life and we see him triumph, assumedly all in reality footage taken by these brave and indefatigable camera people.

One of my favorite scenes is where the old uncle teaches the orphaned Ocasr how to break nuts. Without this skill, we can clearly see he would perish. Watching this film I can cleary see we have so much in common with these animals. Something in common I hadn’t figured on is family togetherness and nurturung. If you like nature films, this one is a must see. Otherwise, I recommend for anyone with a heart for animals. As a nature documentary, I give it a perfect score.