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So hopefully you’ve been following along on my #MonkeyKingdom adventure and saw that I was lucky enough to recently screen the film MONKEY KINGDOM. The film, which opens TODAY, tells the adventures of the clever Maya, a toque macaque monkey who lives with her troop aka the monkey kingdom, among the jungle ruins in Sri Lanka.
Not long after we are introduced to Maya, her life is changed when she gives birth to her baby boy Kip. As Maya is at the bottom of her crazy complicated monkey family, she is determined to find a way for her son to excel in their monkey world. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. In her adventures, Maya encounters deadly predators such leopards and monitor lizards, as well as one point dealing with loosing her home, Castle Rock, to a rival monkey family. Through it all though, you see Maya keep her chin up, and use her street smarts to survive.
Top Five Reasons
Fun for the Family – I love that Monkey Kingdom, rated G, is interesting and intriguing enough to keep adults attention, while still fun and appropriate for someone of a young age, such as my son, who is 4 years old. Yes the film is a documentary, but the hilariously funny moments kept us laughing. Even better? The film is educational, but not boring at all. Maya’s adventures keep you watching and anticipating on what she’ll encounter next.Introduction Music – Can you think of a song more appropriate to introduce this fun group of energetic monkeys than… well… Hey Hey We’re The Monkeys by The Monkees? Also I couldn’t help but giggle to myself when the film uses Salt-N-Pepa’s Whatta Man to introduce Kumar, Maya’s future mate and Kip’s father, as he strolls up to the troop of monkeys, and receives “those looks” from the female population!Jungle vs. Urban – Now from the trailer, you think you’ll be following the monkeys while they are out in the wild. Not necessarily the case! In a turning point in the film, the monkeys are forced into a different jungle… the urban one.Maya and Kip’s Relationship – As a single mom myself, I absolutely love the aspect of Maya’s strength and doing what she has to do to keep her son safe as well as giving him a fruitful life without a male counterpart. It’s no walk in the park taking care of a child alone without help from others. You’ll see Maya both struggle and triumph in her parenting. Just like every other parent out there. Though throughout the entire movie, no matter what happens, you see the love between Maya and Kip, mother and son, and how her mission in life is to create a better life for him.Conservation – Seeing this film helps the monkeys you’ll see depicted on the big screen and assists Disneynature in conservation efforts! If you see MONKEY KINGDOM now through April 23rd, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Plus the Disney Store will donate $1 to Conservation International for every Disneynature plush Maya (and Kip) purchased now through May 14th (with a minimum donation of $2000).
Monkey Kingdom Trailer
Check out the trailer below…
MONKEY KINGDOM is out NOW, April 17th!
REMINDER: For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats! Learn more by clicking the information sheet below…
Want a glimpse back on my trip to Los Angeles? Be sure to check out my Twitter (@AshBG) and Instagram (@ashb4211), and look for the hashtags #AvengersEvent, #MonkeyKingdom, #LAZoo, #ABCTVEvent, and #AgentsOfSHIELD.