Monkey Kingdom Review – Maya the Mom

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I was invited on an expense paid trip and on a press screening to view this film. All opinions are my own.


Monkey Kingdom is all about mommies and their babies. It is a beautiful documentary for the entire family. I was honored to screen this movie, not only in San Francisco when visiting Pixar, but this week while in Orlando for #MonkeyKingdomEvent press trip.  I absolutely fell in love with the monkeys in this film.  Disneynature did an amazing job to tell a beautiful story of a monkey who was in monkey poverty and ended up being a single mom in the wild.  It is amazing about how you can relate to these amazing animals in the real world.


  1. Like humans mommy monkeys will do anything for their loved ones and even risk their life.
  2. Mommy monkeys always see a bright future for their babies.
  3. Being a single mommy in the world is tough. It is just as tough for monkeys. There is nobody right by your side to help you.
  4. Just like humans, depending on where you fit economically, your resources are limited.


Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom in Theaters on April 17, 2015

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.

For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

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