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Release Date: April 20, 2012
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Screenwriters: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Starring: Tim Allen, China Anne McClain, Real Chimpanzees
Genre: True Life Adventure
MPAA Rating: G
TIM ALLEN (Narrator) can currently be seen starring in the hit sitcom "Last Man Standing" airing Tuesdays at 8:00p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
In 2010 Allen was heard reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear in Disney•Pixar's smash hit "Toy Story 3." The same year he was seen on screen in his feature-film directorial debut, the independent comedy "Crazy on the Outside," in which he stars opposite Ray Liotta, Sigourney Weaver, Julie Bowen, Jeanne Tripplehorn, J.K. Simmons and Kelsey Grammer. In the film Allen plays a newly released prisoner who tries to persuade his single mom parole officer (Tripplehorn) to date him. His struggle to rebuild his life is further complicated by a loving sister (Weaver) and her sarcastic husband (Simmons).
In 2008 Allen starred opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rodrigo Santoro, Emily Mortimer and Joe Mantegna in the Sony Picture Classics' drama "Redbelt," which was written and directed by David Mamet. In 2007, he starred opposite John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy in the Touchstone Pictures' hit comedy "Wild Hogs." The movie revolves around a group of frustrated, middle age suburban biker wannabes who hit the open road in search of adventure, only to encounter a group of real Hells Angels. In 2006, he starred in Disney's "The Santa Clause 3," in which he reprised his role as Santa Claus. That same year Allen also starred in the Revolution Studios' comedy "Zoom," in which he played a former superhero who is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy, and Disney's "The Shaggy Dog," an update of the family classic, in which he played a lawyer whose devotion to his career comes at the expense of his family.
Tim Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the ‘80s, providing the perfect lead-in to his highly successful ABC television series "Home Improvement" where he garnered a Golden Globe® Award, an Emmy® nomination, and was honored with the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series for an unprecedented eight years in a row. While passionately ensconced in a hit sitcom, Allen still found time to expand his talents.
He made his film debut in 1994, playing the historic holiday icon in the Walt Disney blockbuster hit "The Santa Clause," earning him another People's Choice Award. He gave voice to the beloved, yet deluded space ranger Buzz Lightyear in the computer animated smash hit "Toy Story" and starred in Disney's "Jungle 2 Jungle" with Martin Short, and Universal's "For Richer or Poorer" with Kirstie Alley.
While the Taylor family was still at the top of the prime-time charts, Allen revisited his comedy roots with a successful national concert tour that finished with a sell-out performance at Caesar's Palace, and found time to pen his first book about the male perspective, "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man," topping the New York Times Bestseller List. This was followed by his second bestseller, "I'm Not Really Here," focusing on midlife, family and quantum physics.
In 1999, during the eighth and final season of "Home Improvement," Allen was honored with the TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Series, and in a tearful farewell, Allen hung up his tool belt, shifting his film career into high gear with resounding success.
To the delight of moviegoers, Allen reprised his character Buzz Lightyear in Disney•Pixar's "Toy Story 2," which grossed nearly $250 million. This was followed by the popular Dreamworks film "Galaxy Quest" in which Allen portrayed the washed-up actor Jason Nesmith and his sci-fi alter ego Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, playing opposite Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. Representing the ‘average Joe,' Allen starred in the 20th Century Fox picture, "Joe Somebody" opposite Jim Belushi, and in 2001 he partnered with Rene Russo in the Barry Sonnenfeld ensemble comedy "Big Trouble." In 2002, with an interesting departure from playing mythical icons and the average everyman, Allen took on the role of Critical Jim, a professional hit man in the Paramount Classics comedy "Who Is Cletis Tout?" opposite Christian Slater, and in November 2002, Allen helped kick off the holiday season, successfully reprising his role as the big man in red in the long awaited sequel "The Santa Clause 2." In a brief return to television in April 2003, Allen's old Tool Time pals Debbe Dunning and Richard Karn joined him on stage for the live event ABC special, "Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to Home Improvement." In 2004, he starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in Revolution Studio's comedy "Christmas with the Kranks." The film, directed by Joe Roth, was an adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel "Skipping Christmas."
CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN ("Rise") stars as Chyna Parks, an 11-year-old musical prodigy who attends high school as part of the prestigious A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talents) program, in the Disney Channel Original Series "A.N.T. Farm."
McClain was discovered in 2005 by a music executive who heard her sing and encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition her for his feature film "The Gospel." China's role in the film caught the attention of actor/director/producer Tyler Perry who ultimately cast her in his series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne." Soon thereafter, McClain landed a role in Perry's feature film "Daddy's Little Girls."
McClain's additional feature film credits include roles in "Grown Ups" and "Hurricane Season." On the small screen, she has made guest appearances on "NCIS" and Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," "JONAS L.A." and "Hannah Montana."
McClain is passionate about music, enjoys playing the guitar and is learning to play piano and violin. She and her older sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, formed a singing group and are signed with Hollywood Records.
In her free time, McClain is an avid reader, who favors The Hunger Games and the Twilight book series. She also likes to crochet clothes for her American Girl doll. McClain's favorite possession is a custom Fender Stratocaster guitar, a gift from Nick Jonas.
Born August 25, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia, McClain currently resides in Los Angeles with her family. Her father is a music producer, her mother is a singer/writer and McClain's two sisters and younger brother also sing and act.
CHRISTOPHE BOESCH (Principal Scientific Consultant) was the lead scientific advisor on "Chimpanzee" and his chimpanzee camp within Taï National Park in the Ivory Coast was the main location for the film's long shoot. Having obtained his PhD at the Universities of Geneva and Zurich and furthered his studies at Basel University in Switzerland, Boesch has studied wild chimpanzees for more than 30 years. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Rennes and Paris in 1995 and 1996 and is currently a director at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany. Boesch has written more than 200 scientific papers and published several books, including "The Chimpanzees from the Taï Forest" (with Hedwige Boesch), "The Real Chimpanzee: Sex Strategies in the Forest" and "Wild Cultures: A Comparison between Chimpanzee and Human Cultures." He acts as an advisor on numerous boards, including the steering committee of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, and is an executive committee member and co-chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Great Apes Survival project (UNESCO-GRASP). In 2000, Boesch founded the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation. He is currently researching the development of cooperation, reproductive strategies, culture and tool use, and population dynamics in wild chimpanzees.
JOHN MITANI (Scientific Consultant) is the James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. A primate behavioral ecologist for over 30 years, he has conducted fieldwork on the behavior of all five species of apes: gibbons and orangutans in Indonesia, gorillas in Rwanda, bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo and chimpanzees in Uganda and Tanzania. Since 1995, Mitani has directed a long-term field study of the unusually large community of chimpanzees at Ngogo in Kibale National Park, Uganda. His work addresses questions about the social behavior of apes and communication and his current research involves studies of male chimpanzee cooperation. Several years ago, Professor Mitani was awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship by the President of the United States and he has recently been named a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. He is an editor of Advances in the Study of Behavior and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Primatology, Primates and the Journal of Human Evolution.
DAVID WATTS (Scientific Consultant) is a professor of anthropology at Yale University, where he teaches courses on a range of subjects including primate behavior and ecology, evolutionary approaches to human behavior, hunter-gatherer societies and primate conservation. The focus of his research is the behavior and ecology of primates and he has done extensive fieldwork on capuchin monkeys in Panama, on mountain gorillas in Rwanda and on chimpanzees in Uganda. Numerous film and documentary filmmakers have called on his expertise and Watts was the on-site consultant in Rwanda during the filming of "Gorillas in the Mist." He also worked with Alastair Fothergill and Bill Wallauer on the chimpanzee section of "Planet Earth." In collaboration with Dr. Jeremiah Lwanga and Dr. John Mitani, Watts has supervised a research project on chimpanzee behavior at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda since 1995.
DR. JANE GOODALL
JANE GOODALL, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in July 1960, in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.
In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.
Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.
Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.
Dr. Goodall's honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.
For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org.
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