Moviegoers who see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born in China” during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
This is AMAZING and not only is the film amazing, but GO AND SEE IT to help this cause!! Born In China is narrated by John Krasinski. You are going to see parts of China that very few people have ventured. You are going to meet a few amazing creatures in Born In China. You will laugh, you will awe and you will cry. I did, at least. Let me introduce you to some of the animals you are going to meet in the film, Born In China.
YaYa and new newborn daughter, MeiMei.
YaYa and her cub are located in the Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve, which is located in the Sichuan province in central China. YaYa is head over heels for her daughter and you are going to see this in the film. ADORABLE. You are going to see YaYa having a hard time with her daughter becoming a tree climber. Why? It is said that once a cub can successfully climb a tree, they are able to be away from their mother and on their own. Bittersweet!
Fun fact: To ensure that the filmmakers would not endanger the animals by habituating them to humans, filmmakers were required to don “panda suits”—black and white garments made to look and smell like pandas—that allowed them to blend in with the subjects they were filming.
TaoTao, his family & The Lost Boys. (Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys.)
This takes place in the mountain valleys of central China, near the Yangtze River in the Shennongjia Forest. TaoTao's life is turned upside down when his family welcomes his newborn. All of the attention is going to her. He doesn't understand how he fits in. The story is pretty amazing and sweet.
TaoTao seeks comfort in the movie with The Lost Boys. These guys are something else. You are going to learn the danger they face as well. I won't give any spoilers out, but it is emotional.
Fun Fact: Filmmakers initially planned to feature the first year of a monkey’s life. After capturing hours of footage of newborn monkeys, searching for the right, compelling story, filmmakers noticed a youngster who had recently welcomed a new baby sister.
Every spring, thousands of female chiru bid adieu to the males and make an epic journey en route to the legendary Zhouonai Lake in the remote uplands of the Qinghai Plateau.
You are going to learn about them welcoming their new calges. Mothers and newborns practive basic things like walking. After they learn how to walk, they make the journey back home. These little guys are so cute! But they are in danger of being poached!
Fun Fact: Fewer than 75,000 chiru remain on the planet, due to generations of poaching, which inspired director Lu Chuan to make the award-winning film “Mountain Patrol” in 2004. “It’s a story about a Tibetan mountain patrol team who protect chiru from the illegal poachers,” says the director.
Dawa The Snow Leopard and Her Cubs
You are going to learn about DAWA and the journey she takes to protect her cubs.
This journey takes place on China’s Qinghai Plateau, the highest mountain plateau on Earth. You will learn about her struggles to hunt, predators and more. This story is emotional.
Food is scarce and the temps make living difficult. Precipitation comes largely in the form of hailstorms and limited vegetation provides little relief from winds that can exceed 40 miles per hour.
Overall, I loved this film. It was adorable, a learning experience and heartwarming. The stories are amazing and the scenery is just gorgeous. Born In China is in theaters April 21, 2017. Remember that moviegoers who see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born in China” during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China. Check out these cute clips below from the film!
“Snow Cha Cha” Clip"