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Monkey Kingdom (2015)

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A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who ... See full summary »

Directors:

Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill (co-director)

Writers:

Mark Linfield, Kate Kondell (narration consultant)

Star:

Tina Fey
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Tina Fey ... Narrator (voice)
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A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of Sri Lanka. Written by Disneynature

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El reino de los monos See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,577,861, 19 April 2015

Gross USA:

$16,432,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,661,077
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary is mostly filmed in the sacred city of Pollonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. It is open to the public and admission is free. The iconic buildings that can be seen in this documentary are named Kiri Vehera, Menik Vehera, and Rankoth Vehera (seen on the blu ray/DVD cover art). See more »

Goofs

At 26:29, the film shows a waterfalls which is actually Jog Falls in Karnataka, India . This is located about 1500 kilometers away from Sri Lanka in a different country. See more »

Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

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CHANGING
Written by Tom Barnes (as Thomas Andrew Searle Barnes), Pete Kelleher (as Peter Norman Cullen Kelleher), Ben Kohn (as Benjamin Alexander Kohn), Wayne Hector (as Wayne Anthony Hector), Ella Eyre (as Ella Mary McMahon)
Performed by Sigma ft. Paloma Faith
Courtesy of 3 Beat Productions Ltd
Paloma Faith appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
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Best suited for kids
25 January 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Previous to this documentary, I had seen several of the other animal documentaries by Disneynature, and I thought they were pretty good. However, this time around things don't work out so well. It's not an awful movie; there are some good things to be found here and there. The Sri Lankan scenery is colorful and attractive to the eye. The photography is also well done (see this movie, if you must, on Blu- ray!). And you do get to learn some interesting things about the particular kind of monkeys the movie showcases.

However, while the previous Disneynature movies were presented in a way that adults could enjoy them alongside their kids, this is not the case this time. There is an often juvenile feeling to this documentary. The Tina Fey narration is quite often cloying and childish, and several times the mood is spoiled by the soundtrack playing loud pop songs. Just as big of a problem is the direction at times. It's clear that several situations are staged and manipulated by the filmmakers. This might have been because there isn't that much story or drama elsewhere. Even though the movie runs about 81 minutes, it sure feels slow at times.

There have been much worse documentaries out there, but in the end this particular one is strictly kids stuff. It will entertain your kids (at least if they are in a patient mood at the time), but if you want to watch a documentary with your kids, pick one of the other Disneynature offerings.


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