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Parents' Guide to

Monkey Kingdom

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Tina Fey-narrated monkey documentary is funny, educational.

Movie G 2015 81 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Monkey Kingdom Parent Guide

This movie is fun and educational. Nudity: Baby Monkeys have no fur on yet after they are born. Violence: Circle of Life violence. No gangster content that is similar to what happened in the "Chimpanzee" documentary movie made by the creators of this one. There may be content that kids under 13 may not understand unless, they are one of those 12 year olds that a parent guide I used in one of my reviews on this website, mentioned. Here is the excerpt or piece from the guide that talks about the requirements for that 12 year old. Excerpt: "The 12 year old can't be violent, have a history of gambling underage illegally, not know how old you have to be to use tobacco and alcohol and other drugs, has a history of going out naked in public or does not understand the laws of clothing and does not understand thematic elements if he or she wants to play a game with these ratings. The 12 year old also needs to understand that people bleed and no one should be the cause of a person bleeding on purpose." If movies had game ratings, this movie would or should be rated T for Teen by ESRB and Pegi-12 (12+) by Pegi. The quoted excerpt came from a game ratings guide from the internet. There are games that have the same content that is in this movie. All rights go to ESRB and Pegi for that excerpt. Great role models: The monkeys can be counted as role models because they made the film awesome. The people that made this movie are awesome creators. The content that may not be suitable for kids under 13 unless, they are one of those 12 year olds that were mentioned earlier, is hard to explain. There is no gambling, tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. But, remember the violence part of that excerpt from the thing I mentioned earlier. The Circle of Life violence is a little strong and scary. The enjoyment of watching the violence might make a kid want to be violent. All violence in the movie is domestic violence. The nudity scenes are not that bad. Trust me. Be careful. I hoped this helped.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 6+

Monkey Kingdom a "Chimp" Off The Old Block! (FUN!)

Highly recommend this "Disney Nature Documentary" for families of all ages, but especially fort those who are interested in "nature films".. It reaches many things about the "Monkey Kingdom" providing knowledge and incite as to their habitat. I didn't mind the "monkey Violence" in the movies a s with nature it's the "survival of the fittest", life's cycle! Those who enjoy nature films and teaching their kids something abut nature and the life cycle will enjoy this film to go along with the other Disney Nature Films now available on DVD. Cheers! RainbowRay

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Nature film experts Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill reteam for another Disneynature wildlife documentary that's sure to please both kids and parents. These types of films do tend to humanize the animal subjects, but that won't bother most young viewers (or many older ones, frankly). Thanks to Fey's winning narration and the compelling central storyline, the documentary has a strong narrative arc. Maya is the ideal "underdog"; she's low-born but doesn't let that get in her way, especially when Kumar and baby Kip enter the picture. It's impossible not to root for her and Kip to survive -- even if that means other monkeys are the ones falling prey to alligators and aggressive rivals.

And the visuals, as always, are spectacular. The gorgeous fig tree, the Castle Rock habitat, the neighboring bears -- it's all shot with a majesty and beauty that showcases everything from the three freckles on Maya's face to the heavy rain during monsoon season to the shady trees where the posher monkeys take shelter. Thanks to Maya's courtship with Kumar, the introduction of the baby, and the rival clan, Monkey Kingdom has plenty of plot. It's easy to watch for both for the story and the cinematography -- a great combination of entertainment and educational value. And if little ones get worried about Maya and baby Kip, just remind them that this is, after all, a Disney movie, and our favorite characters will get their happily ever after.

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