In every moment in life we are given opportunities to ride above our circumstances or to allow us to be engulfed in them. Maya is a hero and out of all the odds stacked against her she found a way to make her and her sons life better by just pushing forward. Driven by the unconditional LOVE she had for Kip her son she was able to make life changing choices that not only proved how brave she was but how heroic she would truly b e.
I recently went on my own adventure to Los Anegles with some other amazing bloggers to see this beautiful movie in the ABC Building. I’m in the pink on the right back row. Sorry I know I’m hard to spot but I was happy to be there either way!
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Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, where she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings.
Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. Featuring a rich cast of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015. For more information about the film and the conservation program, go to www.disney.com/monkeykingdom.
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I absolutely LOVED this movie! I think I was literally in about 10 minutes of the movie and forgot it was a documentary, when I say this its a good I FORGOT. I felt as though I was thrown into a Disneynature version of Cinderella’s story, yet this was Maya’s Story. What I found beautiful about this movie was that not only was Maya the star of this unscripted film but she literally did not speak a word during the entire film yet you felt as though she was talking to you throughout the film. Might I add Tina Fey did an amazing job narrating this film and her playful and soft tone brought a lot of humor and light to the film.
As a mother or father we learn about this unconditional love Maya experiences the moment all of our little ones are born and can very much relate to her excitement and sense of responsibility she felt once Kip arrived. The pain and struggles she went through to provide for him are spot on to what us human mothers sacrifice every single day. As with many societies Maya was subjected to the hierarchy of which she was born in and fought hard to change that once Kip was born. I would hate to give away many of the high (exciting!) and low (heart wrenching!) points of this movie AND HOPE YOU DO GO SEE IT but just so you know I cried tears of joy, heartache and excitement throughout the film.
***Interesting Fact About This Movie!*** Nothing in this film is staged or scripted, in part of the movie the film makers actually asked the “humans” to not bother the monkeys if they would steal food. The villagers were told they would be fully reimbursed for everything taken by the monkeys and wanted to see how they acted in a natural environment. So in actuality even the scenes where humans were featured they were not enlisted or casted in any scenes. —–
This mom is nothing but happy to recommend this movie to your family! My kids love animals so for them to see a movie with nothing but Monkey’s excites them in a way that I could not explain. Grab your little ones moms and dads and head to your nearest theater, I would hate for you to miss this must see Live Action Monkey Movie.
ALSO! For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.
WOW so us purchasing a ticket during the first week the movie opens helps save endangered species! How awesome and helpful is that! Imagine how you and your family can be apart of something so big and important for nature and your family. So pack up your kids parents and check out this beautiful and fun MonkeyKingdom movie near you and help save some Monkeys AND provide your family with a Family Night To Remember!
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Genre: True Life Adventure
U.S. Release Date: April 17, 2015
Director: Mark Linfield
Co-Director: Alastair Fothergill
Producers: Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill
Disclosure: I will be provided an all expense paid trip to L.A to facilitate the review of Monkey Kingdom, no additional compensation was received.