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Disney Nature’s Monkey Kingdom is this year’s nature release and so far we’ve loved all of the films they’ve done!
A bit about the film: “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 retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover 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 variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), 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.”
I look at the nature films as a perfect opportunity for us to learn more about the animals they feature. We are a big animal family!
Disney has always been great about providing all kinds of learning content for families and educators (at home or in school) we shared some Bears printables last year.
I love the family activity pack. Our favorites were the shadow puppets (which you can decorate to make your own) and conservation catcher. You can download the whole pack HERE. It also comes with termite origami, monkey mask, word search & crossword puzzle.
If you want to learn even more, have some content for homeschool or your classroom – you can download the entire educators guide HERE. It has some great learning activities for grades 2-6 introducing the kids to:
- Habitat and Ecosystems
- Learned Behaviors
- Animal Relationships
- Life Cycle
- Earth’s Systems
- Culture and the Arts
- Making a Positive Difference for Wildlife Worldwide
Check out their site for more on the film and the results they bring.