Born in China    review Bobby Blakey

Throughout the years Disney has been delivering some amazing documentaries through their Disneynature brand. They make them unique by turning the stories of these beautiful animals into actual narrated storylines that are always fun, moving and heartfelt. Every year they release a new one on Earth Day and this year is no different taking fans on a journey through the orient with Born in China with actor John Krasinski lending his voice as narrator to help bring it to life.

Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film follows the stories of three animal families and 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 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. Just like their previous films this one does not disappoint bringing some amazingly beautiful visuals of the both the landscapes that these animals inhabit and that of the animals themselves. I have always loved how they tell these stories and while you never know how much of it is actually what is happening with these animals or crafted together and made up based on the footage they gathered it always delivers.

There are some truly remarkable weather conditions and lands that China has to offer and seeing them in this way is breathtaking. These landscapes and nature challenges play just as much of a character in the film as the animals themselves. You cannot help but to feel for what these creatures endure, but it is amazing to see how they are equipped to survive here. The animals that are the focus this time around are adorable and unique. While the story focuses on three main animals, there is a third in the crane that serves as an important caption for the whole story to come together and a part of the rich history of China itself. I was a bit surprised of the unusually dark direction one story took that will leave you heartbroken, but also serves as a harsh reminder of reality.

As with them all this new film did not disappoint on any level. These are films that should be seen on the big screen and supported whenever possible, but whether you saw it then or now on its home release, just make sure you see it. At the ending of this feature there are plenty of behind the scenes videos seeing the film crew in action bringing this film to life along with some fun animal outtakes. I was excited to also see the trailer for next year’s Earth Day Disneynature release to focus on Dolphins which will no doubt be an amazing journey under the sea.

In addition to this film this release also includes numerous bonus features including a music video and numerous featurettes that take you behind this amazing world these animals inhabit. Step into the world of China’s wildlife with Born in China available now on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital) and On-Demand from Disney Home Entertainment.

For more information on Disneynature head over to http://nature.disney.com/

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