When we were invited to an early screening of Born in China last January, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to view Disneynature's latest true-life adventure film. The film, which follows the stories of three animal families in their natural environment, gives audiences an intimate look at the day-to-day lives of the Giant Panda, the golden monkey, and the snow leopard, their families, and the struggles they face to survive in nature. Heartwarming, full of humor and adventure, and inspiring, Born in China will have you laughing, maybe even crying a bit, and with a full heart and a renewed compassion for all the beautiful animals on our earth.
For homeschooling families, did you know Disneynature works to bridge elementary curriculums with their films? They do! We've integrated the film Born in China with our 5th-grade history curriculum, which includes the study of Eur-Asia, to give our children a better perspective on what animal life and geography in Asia is like. Integrating the film with school curriculum is easy with the educational and activity pack provided by Disneynature educators. You can download and print both of the packs below.
- Disneynature Born In China Educators Pack -The Born in China educational pack includes nearly 80 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6, and covers topics like habitats and ecosystems, biodiversity, learned behaviors, communication, life cycle, earth's systems, culture and the arts, and making a positive difference for wildlife worldwide. Pair this free printable with our Disneynature Born in China activity pages to learn even more about the film Born in China as you follow three amazing animal families.
- Disneynature Born In China Activity Pack – Get to know the animals of Disneynature's latest film through the free printable Born in China activity pages below. This Born in China activity pages download kit include 24 sheets of educational information and activities for you and your family.
Help Raise Funds for World Wildlife Fund by Watching Born in China Opening Week!
Did you know you can help benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) just by watching Born In China opening week? You can!
Based on opening-week attendance (April 21-27, 2017), Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
Born In China – The Magic and Mystery of China's Exotic Wildlife
Narrated by John Krasinski, Born In China takes audiences on 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 world’s most extreme environments to witness wildly intimate moments in the lives of these animals. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely seen by human eyes—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on Earth.
Meet the Animals in Born in China
- Red-Crowned Cranes Take Flight – “The crane is a symbolic, spiritual animal,” says the director. “There is an ancient belief that the crane delivers the soul to a new place. It completes the circle of life.”
- An Over-Protective Panda – “You can’t really do a nature movie set in China without featuring giant pandas,” says producer Phil Chapman. Revered in China, the panda is endangered—there are only 1,864 living in the wild according to a 2014 census.
- A Displaced Monkey – In the mountain valleys of central China, near the Yangtze River in the Shennongjia Forest, thousands of golden snub-nosed monkeys can be spotted—they swing branch to branch in deciduous broadleaf trees, snack on lichens and insects, and raise their families within well-organized troops. “These particular animals live in dense social groups,” says producer Brian Leith. “We were able to identify family groups quite early and get to know individuals.” we left the normal road and drove on the simplest dirt
- Struggles of a Snow Leopard Mom – “It was incredibly ambitious to commit to filming snow leopards,” admits producer Brian Leith. “We loved the idea of showcasing them on the big screen—but they’re extremely difficult to find and even harder to film. Many films featuring these animals have been attempted, so we went into it knowing it was a huge risk.”
- Migrating Chiru – 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. “They take on what is perhaps the most difficult migration of any animal anywhere to give birth by this lake,” says field director Ben Wallis. “Nobody knows why, exactly, but the tradition is breathtaking to witness.”
Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®.
The first six Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” “Bears” and “Monkey Kingdom” are six of the top seven highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disneynature’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all six films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has contributed to a host of conservation initiatives. Efforts include planting three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, cared for chimpanzees and educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation in the Congo.Additionally, efforts have funded research and restoration grants in U.S. National Parks, supporting conservation projects spanning 400,000 acres of parkland and protecting 75 species of animals and plants, and helped protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats across Indonesia,
Additionally, efforts have funded research and restoration grants in U.S. National Parks, supporting conservation projects spanning 400,000 acres of parkland and protecting 75 species of animals and plants, and helped protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats across Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.
Portions of this material have been provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.