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Born in China

Born in China

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In Theatres: 
Apr 21, 2017
Grade:
B
Running Time: 
76 minutes

I find nature documentaries to be fascinating, particularly Disneynature documentaries. They spend months and sometimes even years filming animals out in the wild and then create a narrative around what they capture. It’s amazing!

 

Born in China follows three animals and their families; a snow leopard, a golden snub-nosed monkey, and a giant panda. Dawa, the snow leopard, lives on a cliffside and is raising her two cubs. The monkey Tao Tao lives in the jungle with his family and clan but struggles for attention when his newborn sister comes into the pictures. Lastly, Ya Ya has a newborn baby to teach the ins and outs of being a panda in the forest. The film also follows a flock of cranes and a herd of chiru, but they both come second to the other families.

 

John Krasinski provides the narration for Born in China, and his voice provides a friendly and playful tone to the film that fits well with the family theme. Disneynature manages to capture some amazing moments on film. The giant panda and snub-nosed monkey segments in particular are fantastic. Pandas, monkeys, and even snow leopards are cute in their own right but the adorableness of their offspring is off the charts. The film follows them through the various seasons so audiences really get the time to connect and grow with these families.

 

Disneynature has always excelled with its nature documentaries and Born in China is no different. It’s a fun, family-friendly film that gets up close and personal with these animals.

Matt Rodriguez
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