While many people celebrated Earth Day this weekend, Disneynature is giving everyone an opportunity all week to help make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute for the Disneynature Tchimpounga Nature Reserve Project. This is where Oscar, the star of the film “Chimpanzee” lives in the forests of the Ivory Coast.  Disneynature will contribute $.20 per ticket purchased through April 26, 2012 and have pledged a minimum of $100,000 to this program. These donations will help protect chimpanzees and their habitats.

The film took more than four years to make, due to the dense forest and chimpanzees being difficult to capture on camera. It is narrated by Tim Allen and directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill who are well-known for the first Disneynature branded film, ‘Earth’ and the popular ‘Planet Earth’ television series. As with these other films, Chimpanzee brings you breathtaking footage in the forests and is a must-see for any nature-lover.

Chimpanzee is a story of a young chimpanzee named Oscar. It captures his life full of curiosity, play and trouble. When a rival band of chimps move in, Oscar’s mother goes missing and he is left to fend for himself. When Oscar was orphaned, the film makers thought the movie wouldn’t be able to be completed. Oscar is taken in by an unexpected ally and the story couldn’t be more touching. Like most Disney productions, this film will touch on a wide range of emotions.

The movie is rated G (although it contains some intense scenes for young children to view) and opened in theaters Friday, April 20, 2012 and will run for several weeks. For more information on the film go to disney.go.com. It is a breathtaking film, and the donation your ticket will help make this week, will ensure these types of projects can continue to be shared with the entire earth. Make every day Earth Day.

Last Updated on April 23, 2012