Apr 17, 2015

DisneyNature: Monkey Kingdom- What a beautiful experience! Opens Today!!!

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger Robin Slawnyk - Crunchy Goddess

Tonight, my 4-year old daughter, Isabella, and I ventured off to the Emagine Theatre in Novi to watch the newest release by DisneyNature: “Monkey Kingdom”.

This is the story of a heroic Mother, Maya, who is at the bottom of a very clearly defined social chain in the monkey kingdom. She eats scraps that the other monkeys leave behind and often has to venture out into dangerous territories just to find food.

Maya seems so sad and lonely, she is picked on by the other monkeys and does not have any companionship – that is, until a handsome male monkey comes along and wins her love and affection. Even though they are monkeys, this is the love that every woman dreams of – a knight in shining armor comes to her rescue and gives her the love that she so deeply needed. The relationship endures a terrible separation where Kumar, her love, is forced to leave the pack due to the jealousy of the king. This forced Maya to be a single mother of their new, adorably cute, curious and funny little baby, Kip.

There is a happy ending to the love story of Kumar and Maya, and an adventure to be seen of the childhood of adorable little Kip – but I am not going to give it away :)

Watching this movie was so much more than experiencing a love story and the beginnings of a new family. You are offered a beautiful peek inside the breathtaking world of these amazing creatures. You will experience their world, see how it works and be amazed in the process. You will learn that they are such affectionate and loving creatures who snuggle, protect and care for one another. It will warm your heart to see that the mothers care for their babies in such loving ways.

DisneyNature initially blew me away with the movie Bears, and they did it again with Monkey Kingdom. The views are stunning and breathtaking, the narrator is clearly spoken, engaging and funny and the story line is easy to follow and enjoy. My 4-year old daughter cracked up to see the monkeys raid a birthday party and farmers market – among many other shenanigans they got into. She very much enjoyed the movie and it appeared to me that they composed the movie in a way that protected them from understanding things they were not ready for. There were two scenes where monkeys were lost against the predators, it is an emotional scene for those old enough to know what is going on, but nothing you have to worry about for your little ones who may not be ready to learn about that yet. It appeared to be right over Isabella's head.

We had a great time watching this movie and know you will, too. It's amazing to see just how different animals are than we see in pictures and books. By the time the movie is over, you will feel as though you were right there in Asia – watching it for yourself.

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. 

I am so impressed with DisneyNature and plan to own all of the movies they have made and will release in the future.

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Robin Slawnyk, Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of CrunchyGoddess.com . She considers herself a stay-at-home Mom even though she is a Photographer and Holistic Practitioner working in her community. Robin homeschools her children and leads a very natural and organic lifestyle. You might consider her the "crunchy" one of the group, as her focus will be on the natural products and services available to us and like-minded families. 

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