Friday, April 21

Review: Born in China

Published: April 21, 2017
Narrated by John Krasinski, 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.
Release: April 21, 2017 | Runtime: 79 minutes | Rated: G
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Born in China marks the 9 th Disneynature release, this time with John Krasinski of The Office narrating our foray into the vast open nature of China, far from the hustle and bustle of the world’s most populous country. Focusing on the lives of the animals that share the country, will this feel-good movie inspire us to explore the nature in our own backyards and around the world?

The latest Disney exploration into nature features the story of three fuzzy families who must navigate the trials and tribulations of parenthood and coming of age. Born in China centers on the rarely seen lives of the renowned great pandas, the mischievous golden monkeys, and the solitary snow leopards. Raising children, growing up, and navigating life is never an easy task – even for animals! Unlike the Animal Planet documentaries you remember from grade school, this film stitches together scenes to tell a fully fleshed out story. Leave it to Disney to create a plot for a nature documentary, and although the story is sometimes farfetched, it is still heartfelt and not wholly unbelievable.

Disney was sure to cater their film to the G audience. Born in China is a great experience for the young child and their parents, inspiring an excitement for nature and introducing them to all that our world has to offer. The movie does touch on multiple aspects of life in the animal kingdom, but it does not go very far beyond the basics. It is a great introductory course and a great way to build interest in nature, but Born in China is not a deeply education film, and sadly, a far call from the likes of Planet Earth. But make no mistake, this is not what Disney was aiming for. Disney was hoping to translate the magic of its traditional tales, with its plot, lighthearted jokes, and wholesome lessons and apply it to a film about nature, all with the goal of showing children that nature can be fun. In that vein, Disney succeeded. This is a great, wholesome film with moral lessons and some corny jokes from the narrator. That said, Disneynature makes some of the most beautiful nature films in creation, and this film is no exception. The cinematography from the landscapes, colors, and angles are truly breathtaking. Their dedication to this field really proves how passionate they are about these films. Born in China is a fun, lighthearted journey. There were many scenes where the animals did downright silly and funny things that brought a smile to my face. There were many scenes that were touching and heartfelt. I appreciated the different take on a nature film, but in the end, it still felt a little shallow. Born in China is a must see for young children, but for most other audiences, the same sense of wonder can be found in the much more educational options that are available elsewhere.

Johnny Johnny (Contributor) was born and raised in San Diego. He's been a fan of films the majority of his life. He enjoys the feeling it invokes and the power it has to take you to another place. 
Disney has done it again. They created a movie where animals attack each other and you, the viewer, don't even get to see it. I'm guessing that was so this movie could keep its G rating. I just know I would have loved to see an animal attack or a more dangerous fight.

It was a very smart movie to involve John Krasinski. He made this movie so lovable and his voices had me laughing and feeling good through the whole movie. He helps keep the pace of this movie flowing, and doesn't make you want to stop watching. He knows how to keep the viewer entertained.

This movie has the best runtime. It's nice and short to keep you entertained, and just when you're thinking you're going to get bored, the movie is now over. The timing was spot on for this movie.

Make sure you stay through the credits. You won't want to miss all the fun the crew had while making this movie, and you get to see just how close they were to these dangerous animals.

Billy Billy (Editor) - Billy has seen many movies over the years. He enjoys comedies and anything action, including the summer blockbuster movies. You can follow Billy on Twitter here.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5