Disney’s nature documentaries are my wife’s favorites. Unfortunately, I had to see this one without her. What follows is an exciting look at Chinese wildlife. While the time spent with the Pandas is the key selling point of the film, I enjoyed the material with the Snow Leopards. This entry feels far more balance than recent Asian tinged Disney Nature fare. Still, I have to wonder if limited theatrical releases are the best avenue for these films. I’ve literally been to every Disney Nature release and there might be 20 people in attendance.

While revisiting this documentary on Blu, it makes sense for these releases either to go to TV or Home Video. Educational material is still a big part of the Disney library, but these programs need a fixed audience to survive. Would Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land survive in a theatrical landscape? No. But, if you target Middle School classrooms with the material…it will work. While I’m pretty anti-targeting major metros to get key material, it might make sense in terms of the Disneynature program. Go Top 50-75 markets and then prep immediate follow-up in smaller cities. Hell, partner with local zoos. I just want more people to watch this material.


  • Featurettes
  • Music Video


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track


  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 94%
    Audio - 94%
  • 94%
    Supplemental Material - 94%
  • 94%
    Film Score - 94%

The Plot Thus Far

Disney’s Born In China, narrated by John Krasinski, transports audiences to some of the world’s most extreme environments of China where few people have ever ventured to witness wildly intimate and adorable moments in the lives of three animal families – a doting panda bear mother, a 2-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, and a mother snow leopard. It is the seventh theatrical release from Disneynature, which brings the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share wildlife stories that engage, inspire and educate.

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