BORN IN CHINA is rated G and opens in theaters everywhere April 21st!
Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film 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 bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden 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. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.
While in LA for the #BeOurGuest Event, I had an opportunity to watch Born In China. It is a truly beautiful film showcasing a panda bear and her cub, a mother snow leopard and her 2 cubs, and golden monkey…and a few other amazing animals found in China. You will laugh and cry as you follow along with these stories.
Did you know that China is the only place in the world where giant pandas live in the wild? Giant pandas, often referred to as just pandas, live in central China in sections of the Sichuan, Shaannxi and Gansu provinces at elevations ranging from 5,000-10,000 feet. The temperate forests they live in produce 30-40 inches of precipitation each year, which is good for bamboo. Pandas each about 40 pounds of bamboo a day!
Monkeys have long been seen as figures of rebellion and mischief in Chinese folk tales. And one of the most mischievous monkeys on this mountain is TaoTao, a golden snub-nosed monkey. You can spot thousands of these monkeys swinging from branch to branch in the mountain valleys of central China, near the Yangtze River in the Shennongjia Forest. They live in dense, social groups…and TaoTao’s life is turned upside down when his family welcomes a new baby sister.
Every part of her body is designed for this unique terrain: from her exceptionally long tail that helps her maintain balance to her grey dappled fur that provides the perfect camouflage in these rocky surroundings. China’s Qinghai Plateau, the highest mountain plateau on Earth, is home to the stunning and elusive snow leopard. They showed the truth and hardships this mother snow leopard had to face to take care of her young.
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Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend an all expenses paid trip to cover the #BeOurGuestEvent & other fun adventures in LA on 3/4-3/7. All opinions are my own.