Disney Nature’s Born in China

Disney’s got a blockbuster list of movies coming out this year. From the highly anticipated retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast with the ever appropriately cast and talented Emma Watson to fan favorite Cars 3, one not to count out is Disneynature’s Born in China. I recently, as part of the invite-only Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, was privy to a preview of this amazing documentary as well participate in a Q&A with the director, Roy Conli.

Anyone who knows me would not be surprised that I know little about my own homeland. Despite being Chinese, I was NOT born in China. I’m as American as one can be… but my skin color deceives everyone, including me. Many would laugh to find out how much I learned from watching Born in China as I’ve often said I would never, EVER go to mainland China, picturing an uncivilized world of small villages without electricity and ground toilet bowls I’ve only heard of from family and friends. Born in China showed me that there was so much beauty within China. From all the different terrains – the frigid mountains to the lush bamboo forest – Born in China follows 3 animal families – snow leopards, golden monkeys and pandas – as their family grows.  This is so much more than a documentary as you’ll find yourself identifying with the struggles each family faces whether it’s a mother that has to let go, or a child trying to find their own way and even the intricacy and beauty of tradition. You’ll fall in love with every one of them.

If you’ve seen Disneynature movies before, you know you’re in for some beautiful cinematography.  It is no easy feat to document these amazing creatures and when you learn about all the physical labor and work that goes into producing a Disneynature film, its nothing less than a complete labor of love. Disneynature has said this was their most ambitious film to produce to date as it took them to the highest elevations of the Qinghai plateau and deep into Sichuan bamboo forests that no one has ever gone to before. Teams of people, from native guides to cinematographers to medical personnel spent countless days and months tracking and watching these animals as they go about their daily life trying to survive. When you’re seeing this film, stay all the way through the credits and watch some of the many funny mishaps and off camera sillies that didn’t quite make the cut. It’s definitely worth the wait.

Red-crowned cranes will now mean something so much more to me thanks to Born in China. This movie debuts on April 21st, Earth Day. See Born in China opening week and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.

For those John Krasinksi fans out there, he narrates the movie! If you can’t wait to see it, visit the site at: http://nature.disney.com/born-in-china and download a fun activity packet or peruse the educator’s guide until then.

{ disclosure: As a paid attendee of the invite-only 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I was privy to an advanced screening of Born in China.  No compensation was exchanged for this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own! }