Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee” Has Great Opening Weekend, Benefit for Chimps Extended to May 3

April 25th, 2012

If you didn’t get to see Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee” last weekend, you can still go!

To celebrate the film’s 10.6 million dollar opening weekend, Disneynature is extending the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” benefit through May 3.

So, when you see “Chimpanzee” through May 3, Disneynature will donate to the Jane Goodall Institutewhich runs the largest sanctuary for orphaned chimps in Africa in the Republic of Congo.

The Jane Goodall Institute also works to help protect the tropical rain forest that’s home to great apes, as well as many other animals and plants.

Chimpanzee,” which is rated G, is a True Life Adventure that’s appropriate for young kids, but is also entertaining (and enlightening) for adults.

You’ll fall in love with little Oscar, and be thrilled with the intimate look into the lives of the film’s stars – a group of chimpanzees lead by the alpha male Freddy.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, said, “We couldn’t be happier to extend this collaboration to help the Jane Goodall Institute better protect chimpanzees and the places they call home.”

She continued, “A film like ‘Chimpanzee’ helps spread the passion we have for these extraordinary beings, sharing the truly relatable moments experienced by Oscar and his fellow chimpanzees in a way that will hopefully inspire audiences to continue their support long after the movie ends.”

Have you seen the “Chimpanzee” movie?

Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 11 Explore Roots & Shoots

April 18th, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22. Check back for the rest of the 22 tips!

I’m not talking in botanical terms when I say to explore Roots & Shoots, though it could involve getting your hands a little dirty.

I just had the big pleasure of talking with Jane Goodall during a question-and-answer call with other bloggers about the upcoming “Chimpanzee” movie (much more on that later), and one of the things she really wants you to do (in addition to seeing “Chimpanzee” during its first week, April 20-26) is explore to the program Roots & Shoots.

It’s the Jane Goodall Institute’s international environmental and humanitarian program for young people of all ages. The program has a mission: to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

For parents, Roots & Shoots offers a way to bond with children over fun and safe community service projects.

For educators, Roots & Shoots offers creative freedom in the use of service learning to enhance the curriculum and meet educational goals.

For college students, Roots & Shoots offers the opportunity to design and implement projects to go with studies and interests.

For the environment, Roots & Shoots helps ensure a new generation of young people will grow up with a deeper understanding of the global impact of their everyday actions.

Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 7 See “Chimpanzee” Movie, Help Chimps!

April 11th, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22. Check back for the rest of the 22 tips!

See “Chimpanzee” during its first week (April 20-26), and Disneynature will donate to the Jane Goodall Institute to help orphaned chimps like the star of the film, Oscar.

The movie is an amazing true story, with real footage, not a cartoon. Sadly, chimpanzees are in trouble due to the bushmeat trade and deforestation, but you can help by seeing “Chimpanzee” opening week.

Mark your calendar: The movie opens on April 20. See you there!