Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard-an elusive animal rarely caught on camera-faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain-from the frigid mountains …
“Born in China” is a picturesque and nicely narrated Disneynature movie that focuses on creatures born in China, such as a panda, monkey and snow leopard. Scenic vistas of lovely landscapes and tremendous terrains are featured as well as the personalities of the creatures. The animals are the stars of this family-friendly film. A few history and mythological legends of China are included too—for example, the crane being a symbol of longevity and good fortune, and the fact it has been featured in artwork for thousands of years and that some believed the crane in flight would carry the spirit of the departed creature into the next life.
The cinematography takes us through all four seasons, and we watch how the various animals cope with such challenges as extreme cold and the threat of hawks, wolves, and other predators. We see a female panda cub come closer and closer to climbing a tree —a feat that is a graduation of sorts, meaning the panda can now survive on its own. Snub-nosed monkeys are also on display, and we learn from John Krasinski, the narrator, that they are seen as rebellious and mischievous. The maturing and migration of the various animals are another key feature of this scenic film. Included are a few scenes of animals carrying another animal they killed, or eating meat, and we see a hawk carrying a baby monkey away, but none of the scenes are graphic. The kids that watched the screening I attended laughed at the light moments and seemed to entirely enjoy the film.
“Born in China” is entertaining and educational. For instance, we learn that adult pandas can eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo per day. A scene in which a leaf scares the baby panda is humorous. We are pleased to award this delightful movie our Dove Family-Approved Seal for all ages. And, without reservation, we award it our highest number of Doves—five!