disney http://michiganradio.org en UM professor consults on Disney film "Chimpanzee" http://michiganradio.org/post/um-professor-consults-disney-film-chimpanzee <p>The movie Chimpanzee from Disney Nature opens in theaters today.</p><p>It follows a young chimp, Oscar, who is separated from his troop, and is adopted by&nbsp;an alpha male named Freddie.</p><p>John Mitani was a scientific consultant on the film. He&#39;s a primate behavioral ecologist and University of Michigan Professor of Anthropology. Mitani&rsquo;s <a href="http://sitemaker.umich.edu/mitani/home">research </a>centers on the behavior of male chimps and why males co-operate.</p><p>According to Mitani, it&#39;s not uncommon for young chimps to be separated from their parents. Often&nbsp;they are adopted by close relatives. But what&#39;s unusual in this story is that Oscar was adopted by an adult male chimp &quot;which rarely or never has been seen,&quot; Mitani says.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not as if male animals, male primates, male chimps are generally helpful to others. Why he should go out&nbsp;of his way to help this poor little helpless infant who was not obviously his own is really the thing that is quite interesting and unusual in this.&rdquo;</p><p>The film took three years to make, and actually follows two main groups of chimps, one filmed in west Africa and one&nbsp;filmed&nbsp;in east Africa. Through the magic of movie making we get one story. Mitani recognizes the film has two qualities. One scientific and the other purely entertaining.</p><p>You can see the movie trailer here:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb8AeSh1rGs</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:11:09 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7135 at http://michiganradio.org UM professor consults on Disney film "Chimpanzee"