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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids may learn a bit about Chinese animals and nature photography.
Patience, planning, hard work, and dedication are sometimes rewarded.
Positive Role Models
Experts on filming rare species in the wild use all their knowledge and patience to capture images of animals and their babies in their own habitats.
Violence & Scariness
A hawk threatens to attack a young monkey but is thwarted. Wolves follow antelope as they migrate but are outrun. Monkeys fight each other for access to food.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male antelopes herd females in preparation for mating but no actual mating is seen. A baby antelope is born on camera.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disneynature: Expedition China is about the making of Disney's Born in China documentary in which expert film crews sought to find babies of rare species in their natural habitats located in remote areas of China. Adorable baby antelope, cranes, monkeys, and pandas are captured on camera by dedicated, patient crews. This behind-the-scenes look at the arduous work and preparation required to make these films offer lots of information about the animals living their lives, while also demonstrating how difficult it was to get those images. Friction and peril are mild. A hawk unsuccessfully tries to grab a monkey, and monkey groups fight over access to food. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film seems to be a compilation of unused footage from Disney's entertaining Born in China nature documentary, and bravo for putting the images to good use. Interviews with the animal experts and photographers who made difficult treks to capture rare footage, as well as Maggie Q's clear narration, serve to explain the ins and outs of nature photography in extreme conditions. Disneynature: Expedition China's candid look at the harsh conditions and other challenges such work poses may help encourage kids to learn more about endangered species and, perhaps, to pursue the important work shown here.
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