Disneynature’s newest film, BORN IN CHINA, comes out in theaters on April 21, right in time for Earth Day. With John Krasinski narrating the film, it definitely adds some humor and flavor to the stories of these adorable animals. However is it enough to entertain small children and adults? I’ll answer the question – Is BORN IN CHINA for kids? – from a mom’s point of view.
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. Did Born in Nature accomplish this? Absolutely!
Born in China follows the stories of three animal families. There’s a doting panda bear mother as she guides her growing baby as the baby begins to explore and seek independence. There’s also a two-year-old golden monkey (TaoTao) who feels displaced by his new baby sister and joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.
Is Born in China for Kids?
Born in China is rated G, so the content is free of bad language and sexual content. There are a ton of adorable animals that will leave you and your children saying, “Awwwwwww.”
There are some tense animal scenes where survival of the fittest comes into play. Very young children may be sensitive to it or they may not notice it at all. I found it fascinating to see how animals interact in their natural habitat. Also spoiler alert: This is true nature. Not all the animals survive. It’s nothing graphic, but I shed some tears.
I would take all my girls ages 4 to 12 to the theater. The 4-year-old may be bored after awhile, but since she’s an animal lover, I think she’d do fine with the right amount of popcorn.
Is Born in China Entertaining?
Yes. In fact, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Not that I don’t like a good Disneynature film, but when we screened this film, it was late, and I was very tired. However I got hooked on the stories. There are almost mini-clips of the families that you watch and once you’re invested, they switch to another story, making you wonder wait, what happened? Then it comes back to continue the story of another animal. I think this is great for kids (and adults) to keep their attention.
John Krasinski does an excellent job with the narration. He’s funny, serious when he needs to be, and keeps the audience entertained and engaged with what’s going on. Needless to say, I wasn’t tired anymore, because I was laughing at poor TaoTao and biting my nails waiting to see how the stories ended. I have to admit though, TaoTao is my favorite.
Be a Helper
Moviegoers who see Disneynature’s 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 a great way to have fun, educate ourselves and our children, and also help out. After watching Born in China, I wanted to be a helper. I was moved to help. If by taking my family to opening week can accomplish all 3 of those objectives, it’s a win-win.
I dare you not to fall in love with these animals! Take your kids on a real life adventure to China where you’ll discover lands and facts you never knew.
BORN IN CHINA opens in theaters everywhere April 21st!
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Travel and accommodations provided for the Be Our Guest Event. All opinions about how much I’m in love with golden monkeys are my own.