‘Born in China’ from DisneyNature on Blu-ray Combo Pack

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John Krasinski narrates the newest DisneyNature film Born in China. This film takes viewers into the wilds of China and introduces them to several animal species that call the country their home: golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, pandas, and antelopes.

The 2-year-old monkey will steal your heart. He is a little put-off by the attention his baby sister is receiving from his parents so he joins an outcast group of mischievous male monkeys. But family is the most important thing and eventually he comes to that realization. This little fellow is such a sweetheart deep inside.

And the panda mom who is caring for her baby daughter definitely demonstrates maternal love. The bond between mother and daughter is strong, but eventually they do grow up and mom has to let go. It’s a hard thing to do, but once the little girl demonstrates her ability to climb, she’s about ready to go out on her own.

The snow leopard mother is always concerned about her two cubs. She rules the area and knows she is in charge of the rugged land. Her family is close and loving, so when another tougher family comes into the area, the mother knows her cubs will be safer if they leave so they are forced out. It’s a little heartbreaking to see this activity, and eventually (SPOILER ALERT) the mother does die. Keep this in mind when showing this film to viewers.

The Chiru, or antelopes, are an interesting herd. The females leave the males and travel far to give birth and give their babies a good start in life before they all travel back to the males. This takes place over and over again. It’s an interesting activity to watch.

Bonus features on the combo pack add to the amazement of this beautifully filmed movie. They focus on the various teams of filmmakers that are tasked with filming the different animals. Sometimes it takes months of being in the wild before actually finding the animals. No snow leopard cubs have ever been filmed in the wild before this and searching out a family was a difficult task, as was looking for the pandas and the specific monkey behavior they wanted to capture for the film.

This movie is, as mentioned above, beautifully filmed and has a soundtrack to match the wonder of this great adventure. Besides the incredible footage of the animals, the scenery is spectacular. The music video of the ending credit song “Everything Everything” is the final bonus.

Krasinski’s narration adds to the whimsy of some of the animal antics and also imparts some knowledge about the different animals. This is an educational yet also entertaining film.

Born in China is the ninth film from DisneyNature, which, through the Conservation Fund, has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fund to focus efforts that benefit wild pandas and snow leopards. Born in China joins Earth, Crimson Wing, Oceans, Wings of Life, African Cats, Chimpanzee, Bears, and Monkey Kingdom in bringing the Circle of Life to viewers in a beautiful and artful way. It is rated G.

To keep the wonder of this film alive, look for the plush animals to accompany your viewing pleasure.

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