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Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). Today, the Walt Disney Company continues that tradition under the Disneynature label.

The newest film in the series is “Monkey Kingdom.” It follows Maya, a blonde-bobbed monkey, through ancient ruins in the jungles of South Asia. Maya’s life changes when she welcomes a son and encounters a group of neighboring monkeys.

“Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories. The first five big-screen releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Bears” and “Chimpanzee”—are among the top six highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.

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.

Plot synopsis and more below the jump:

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Get ready for a journey to the Alaskan wilderness without leaving home as Disneynature’s Bears Digital, DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack is now available for pre-order! An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Bonus features include the music video for “Carry On” featuring Olivia Holt and four making-of featurettes.

If you missed the movie in theaters, you’ll be happy to know that Disney is continuing its program of releasing a portion of first-week sales to be be donated to the National Park Foundation as part of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places. So your pre-order today helps both wildlife and The Disney Blog and we thank you.

I’m very happy to see Disney continuing its tradition of true-life adventures. I think it’s the perfect offering for the whole family.

More details on the DVD and Blu-Ray are below the jump in the original announcement:

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Great news from Disneynature. They were able to make grants to 14 national parks with the funds generated during the opening week of “Bears.” A big thank you to everyone who made it out to support the film and our nation’s beautiful national parks. The full press release is below:

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has awarded Disneynature Impact Grants to 14 national parks thanks to the significant support generated during opening week of Disneynature’s “Bears.” These grants provide critical financial support needed to transform innovative, yet underfunded, ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives.

Disneynature pledged to make a contribution to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for each person who saw Disneynature’s “Bears” during opening week.

“Thanks to Disneynature’s support and commitment to preserving and protecting America’s national parks, we are able to fund much-needed conservation projects like studying and protecting endangered species, restoring more than 400,000 acres of national park land, and much more,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We are thankful for our relationship with Disney and the profound impact we are making together in our national parks.”

Ranging in size and scope, each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which funding would make a profound difference in the areas of habitat restoration, wildlife protection, and/or conservation research.  Programs made possible through the 2014 Impact Grants include:

  • Black Bear Research at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
    This project will examine black bear movement and habitat use in and surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park by radio-collaring black bears. The park will also develop educational outreach programs for real-time interpretation of black bear movement and conservation challenges as well as curricula for schools.
  • Habitat Restoration at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
    Wetlands are uncommon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet provide critical habitat for diverse native plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the park. Bears, bobcats, foxes, birds, amphibians, and fish call wetlands home, but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species. This project will allow for invasive plant removal, seed collection, propagation and planting of native species, and educational outreach.