Disneynature is coming out with a new film this spring, and I could not be more excited! Born In China opens in theaters on April 21st and is narrated by the amazing John Krasinski. This film will be like nothing you’ve ever seen, as it’s set in China and captures some of the most intimate moments of nature on film.
Born In China takes viewers into the vast depths of China where very few people have ventured. The film follows the stories of three families: a mama panda bear who takes care of her baby as she begins to seek independence, a young golden monkey who feels left behind as his sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts, and a mother snow leopard who must raise her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving climates in the world. The imagery and scenery included in this film are breathtaking — from the freezing mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest — as the three stories are seamlessly tied together.
“I’ve been a huge fan of the Disneynature films for a really long time,” said Krasinski. “I think I’ve seen them all a couple times and to be asked to be a part of something that I feel is not only so beautiful and such great storytelling, but is so important, I was honored to be a part of it. To find this unbelievable landscape that was far beyond the cities and the bustling crowds of the China that I thought I knew was just fascinating.”
Born In China is directed by Lu Chuan and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.
Disneynature is a unique part of the Disney filmmaking kingdom and was launched in April 2008. They aspire to share inspiring and heartwarming wildlife stories that many people don’t typically get to witness firsthand. Disneynature also values conservation and environmental preservation; they hold these things as key pillars of their beliefs. Through donations, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has contributed to a host of conservation initiatives. They have done things like planting 3 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, to protecting nearly 130,000 acres of a wild chimpanzee habitat. Disneynature is such an inspiring and amazing organization and I think this film truly captures the vision and perspective of the group.
I cannot wait to see Born in China when it comes out in theaters on April 21st! Here, you can find the Born in China Activity Packet and Educator’s Guide to keep you entertained until then!