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Celebrate This Earth Day With Disneynature’s New True Life Adventure Film Born In China

In just two weeks, gather the family and celebrate Earth Day and share Born In China which continues the  Disneynature tradition of  bringing to the big screen a look into the beauty of nature. In their all new poignant tale of some  of the most beloved creatures that share this world of ours,  Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film Born In China  will take us on an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured.

One of the highlights of the Disney Social Media Celebration was the family screening of Disneynature’s upcoming film, Born In China. Set in the heart of mountainous regions of China, with stunning sequences never before captured on film, I can say without reservation, that if you’re a fan of the Disneynature films, Born In China will far surpass your wildest expectations and is nothing like anything you have ever seen before. Full of twists, turns and surprises along the way, Born In China will capture your mind, hold a place in your heart and show that at the end of the day, there is nothing more important than the love of family.



Following the stories of three animal families, the film will transport audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. 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 caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.


Born In China features stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, Born in China is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and premiere nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman, and Chuan and narrated by the one and only John Krasinski. “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.”

One of the most powerful components of the Disneynature series of films is their ability to not only tell a powerful story but to educate at the same time and Born In China does just that and more.  You may think you know everything there is to know about the lovable creatures of China, but here are a few more fun facts to share with your families about these amazing creatures. 

Born In China is the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney -branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.

The first six big-screen releases under the Disneynature label included:

  • Earth
  • Oceans
  • African Cats
  • Bears
  • Monkey Kingdom  and
  • Chimpanzee

All of these exquisite movies are among the top seven highest grossing feature length nature films of all time. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including Seal Island (1948), Beaver Valley (1950), The Living Desert (1953) and Jungle Cat (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®. Some of my earliest memories as a child were being glued to the television as Walt Disney’s Wide World of Color would air these on Sunday nights and years later as an educator being able to utilize this series in my own classroom to bring the world of nature to life for my students.

Monkey Kingdom

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®. , 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. 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 anima and plants, and helped protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats across Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. 


And now to help continue the educational mission of Disneynature, we have a wonderful activity booklet filled with a wide variety of activities for you use right now to introduce your own family to the world around them. In addition is you are an educator or a home school parent, we also have a free educator’s guide with 72 pages ready for you to implement today. 

 Born In China Activity Packet

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Born In China Educator’s Guide


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This Earth Day, celebrate the joy as Disneynature presents Born In China and introduce your family to the world that is out there waiting for them.

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