Born in China



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 1914


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John Krasinski as Narrator
Xun Zhou as Narrator
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Reviewed by David Ferguson ([email protected]) 6 / 10

beautifully photographed, too talky

Greetings again from the darkness. You'd be hard-pressed to name or find anything cuter than a baby Panda, and the folks at Disneynature don't hesitate in taking full advantage of our affinity for such fuzzy black and white cuddliness. Am I upset with them after watching this documentary? Only because they periodically cut away to a herd of antelope.

This is the next in a line of Disneynature films dating back to 2007 (Oceans, Bears, African Cats) that usually hit theaters in close proximity to Earth Day. This particular screening was also affiliated with the inaugural year of EARTHxFilm, a Dallas-based festival dedicated to all things nature, natural and earthy. Acclaimed Chinese director Chuan Lu and his photography crew take us into some stunning wilderness areas and parts of China that we rarely, if ever, get to see … all to witness intimate wildlife moments in shockingly close proximity.

If what comes to mind are those charming Disney animal features from the 1960's – the ones that featured the great Rex Allen as narrator, you're in for a surprise. Hey, I loved Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar and Yellowstone Cubs as much as the next kid, but rolling down a leaf-covered hill with a baby Panda that can't walk yet is a whole new level of awe. Watching a mother Snow Leopard (what an incredible creature!) hunt so her two cubs can eat takes us to the highest standard of respect and admiration for this elusive species. Heck, even the rebellious Golden snub-nose Monkey teaches us about family and community within the monkey world … and how they don't appreciate cold weather any more than I.

Director Lu provides a loose ancient Chinese structure to the film by explaining that every time a crane takes flight, it's believed to be relocating the soul/spirit of one dying being into that of a newborn. The spectacle of watching these creatures majestically soar through the orange-sun soaked sky is merely one of the many breathtaking examples of spectacular photography during the film. We are bounced between mountains and forest and rocky vistas and are taken closer than you've ever been to a Great Panda scratching her baby, a Snow Leopard on the prowl, or a monkey rescuing his baby sister from an ominous winged predator. The only downside for grown-ups is the over-narration from John Krasinski, an admitted necessity for the youngsters in the audience who will appreciate the one-liners that go along with the cuteness. In Disney fashion, most of nature's violence takes place off screen, but what we do see are parts of nature that will amaze.

Be sure to stay for the closing credits for a glimpse at how the photographers managed to get some of their shots – as well as how they sacrifice for their work.

Reviewed by mroger-72924 1 / 10

Never get Jim from The Office to narrate something like this, you idiots

Don't get me wrong, the imagery was amazing. When Jim from The Office started talking on this beautifully crafted masterpiece, it took away EVERYTHING from the documentary. Next time how about spend a little more money on a narrator and not someone in love with the front desk secretary. I will never spend $7 to rent something from Disneynature again and I watched the majority of this piece with my television muted.

Reviewed by katarina2204 1 / 10

Such a sad, disappointing movie

Born In China is a beautifully filmed documentary with an abundance of magnificent scenes and heartwarming moments. However, there is one thing I - nor any other animal lover - can possibly forgive this movie.


Namely, I am talking about the fate of the snow leopard mom Dawa and her two beautiful cubs. As some of you may know, snow leopards are an endangered species. They are actually so rare that this movie features the first ever footage of snow leopard cubs!

Keeping in mind these facts, I find it impossible to believe that the filmmakers - who supposedly want to raise awareness about endangered species and help pandas and snow leopards - didn't help the snow leopard mom in any way. She was hurt and she died of hunger, leaving her cubs alone. Not only did they watch her die, talking about the circle of life and how her soul is immortal, they also apparently left her cubs there.

I expected the filmmakers to insert a note at the end of the movie how they actually saved these babies but instead, they opted for funny videos of themselves and the other animals. There is nothing online that suggests that they even tried to help the cubs, there is no mention of them whatsoever in the interviews.

This movie didn't make me feel happy; on the contrary, I was left in tears, hopelessly trying to discover what happened to the cubs.

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