CHIMPANZEE (2012)

Disneynature again! This tugs at your heartstrings a little more as we watch a young chimp lose his mother, try to survive the jungle on his own and then get adopted by the last chimp you would think, the alpha male. Like the other Disneynature films, I think it is enjoyable and interesting to see once and the call it good.



BEARS (2014)

Bears is a Disneynature film about, you guessed it, bears. We follow a momma bear and her two cubs as she teaches them how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. It was interesting enough that we are glad we have seen it but isn’t one we need to watch again and again. The imagery is beautiful and watching what they were able to capture these animals is incredible. If you get a chance to see it, go ahead.



SACRED PLANET (2004)

A nature documentary with a slightly different twist. This movie focused on the diverse landscapes of our planet and tells stories of the different people that inhabit it. It was interesting to see how some of the ancients tribes that were shown were living. So vastly different from our lifestyles in modern America. With such interesting content, I am not sure why the movie still felt like it dragged. We got a little bored. I think maybe it seemed too forced or fake when it could have just flowed naturally if they let it.



THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1963)

Have you ever seen “Homeward Bound”? Well, that was a remake of this movie. It wasn’t too bad. There were a lot of similarities to the remake that we enjoy. The animals are fun to watch as they go on their adventure across the wilderness to find their family. The main difference with this one is instead of the animals having their own voices, there is a narrator the entire time to tell us what the animals are thinking and feeling. That got a bit boring. We like the animals having their own voices. But it was the style of Disney at the time. Overall, this movie was okay for a one time watch, but we recommend the remake from the 90s if you want to watch this story.

THE BOY WHO TALKED TO BADGERS (1975)

A boy who is his own little animal whisperer gets lost in the wilderness after he goes looking for his badger friend. A terrible storm causes him to seek shelter in a cave. The boy survives because of the badger until his family finally find him after days of searching. Another movie where you feel as though it will never end. It got boring and we just couldn’t wait for the boy to be found. Not because then he would be safe, but because then the movie would be over.

YELLOWSTONE CUBS (1963)

This movie was pretty much one long advertisement for Yellowstone National park. And, OK, I realize a lot of this must have been staged (hopefully) but people in this movie were so stupid! Do not stop and get out of your car to go feed a bear, and her cubs, marshmallows with your kids. Just don’t! There was even a moment in the movie when a lady kisses a bear on the nose. Listen, people, BEARS ARE DANGEROUS. Leave them be in the forest unless you want to be eaten. Anyway, the bears were cute and fun to watch, the people made dumb choices but overall not a bad little show to have seen once.

JUNGLE CAT (1960)

OK, what the heck!?! Jaguars are hard core. This documentary follows a family of jaguars living in the jungle. We see them hunt for food, fight off danger to protect their cubs, and pretty much attack anything that moves. They attack a crocodile for heaven’s sake. A CROCODILE!! Why Jaguar? Why? Leave that thing alone! You didn’t even eat him. Did you just kill him to prove you could? Crazy! The movie was interesting to watch but did get a little boring at times. We watched it with a 9 year old and she came and went throughout the movie. So it may not be one to watch with the kids.

GROWING UP WILD (2016)

If you have seen the previous Disney Nature films, then this movie will seem very familiar. They seem to have taken some extra footage from other nature films they have done to make a separate story about baby animals learning to survive. While the movie is interesting and not bad to watch, I think if you have seen the other ones then you don’t really need to see this one. You wouldn’t be missing too much but it does have baby animals that are just always adorable. So you decide.

SECRETS OF LIFE (1956)

   

Disney was ahead of his time once again when he did the nature documentary. He even did it before National Geographic. If you have seen the Planet Earth nature documentaries then you will understand when I say this is like those. It focuses on some of the plants and insects of the world and how they grow, work and function in nature. It actually was really interesting. The time lapse shots are just so fun to watch in my opinion. If you are one to get squeamish with bugs then this movie may be hard to watch like it was for Melissa. She said she felt like they were crawling all over her. Melissa, you are fine and so will everyone else who gives this movie a chance.

  

CHARLIE, THE LONESOME COUGAR (1967)

   

Another one of those combinations of a narrative and a nature documentary movies, Charlie is a cougar that was found and raised by a man in a northwestern logging community. Charlie is more like a pet than a wild animal, he’s everybody’s friend, but still seems to cause his fair share of mischief. But when Charlie gets lost as an adult and reverts back to his wild instincts, there is trouble when Charlie makes his way back into town. Some parts seemed a little boring and long but overall it was entertaining. It was fun to watch Charlie and also interesting to learn how loggers send their logs down the river as easier, faster transport than vehicles. Good for a one time watch and then you’re set.