#1 Reason To See Disneynature Chimpanzee in the words of Dr. Jane Goodall (Interview) #DisneyglobalEvent

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If you can have just one wish for humanity what would it be? I’m sure the answer is different for everyone but by joining together and listening to a very important message shared in an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall you’ll understand #1 Reason To See Disneynature Chimpanzee.  There’s a combination of reasons but they all lead back to the same message  delivered in an interview with 21 mom bloggers attending the Premier to promote Disneynature Chimpanzee.

“Everybody who goes to see this film in its first week, the Jane Goodall Institute gets a percentage of the ticket sales, and all of that money is going to actually help us look after our little Oscars.  We put a sanctuary with over 150 orphan chimps whose mothers were killed in the bush meat trade.  And it’s very expensive, looking after them, and right now we’re struggling to get the funds to prepare the big island in the middle of the river.

Which will make a safe place for the adults, for some of our orphans and our full-grown.  They’re very smart.  They learn how to escape, and that’s dangerous for them, and it’s very dangerous for our staff.  So it’s a bit desperate.  We need to raise this money.” says Dr. Jane Goodall during the interview.

It was a honor standing in the room with such an influential and inspiring women. Her presence is intense and enough to make you just want to run up and give her a big hug for all she’s done and shared in her life. She’s truly lived a lifetime of adventure and her work with Chimpanzee’s is known around the world.

In a question and answer session with #Disneyglobelevent Mom blogger group Dr. Jane Goodall shares her thoughts on Disneynature Champanzee.

Question  :    How rare is it for a male to adopt a chimpanzee? 

DR. GOODALL:  Well, we, normally, at Gumby, we’ve had, um, brothers adopt their little infant sister or brother.  We had one 12-year old that’s like a human 15 or 16 adopt an unrelated infant.  And over all these 52 years, I’ve heard of one other story of an alpha male adopting an infant, so it’s very rare.  Very rare.

Question  :    Where did your love for chimpanzees begin?  Where’d it start?

DR. GOODALL:  Well, I wanted to go to Africa when I was ten, and that was because of “Tarzan.”  And don’t think that Tarzan had a chimp called “Cheetah”.  That’s an invention.  The book doesn’t have Tarzan having a chimp called Cheetah.

He doesn’t have a chimp at all.  And he’s not raised by chimps either, which people have a misconception.  Anyway.  That was when I decided I wanted to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them.  And then I saved up money, got out to Kenya, met Louis Leakey, and he offered me chimps, so I had no dreams of going to study chimps.

Question : When you watched the movie, were you surprised by Freddy taking Oscar —

DR. GOODALL: Well, I wasn’t surprised when I watched the movie, ’cause I’d known about it. But when I first heard about it, I think everybody was surprised. You know. The fact that they thought their whole effort of filming little Oscar was now wasted ’cause without a mother, he would die, and then they find this dramatic story unfolding. I mean, it’s really amazing.

Question : What do you think is the biggest misconception about chimpanzees?

DR. GOODALL: That they remain nice and cute and sweet. That they make wonderful pets. I think those are, for them, the worst misconceptions.

Question : Do you think that we’re moving in the right direction when it comes to being more aware about our environment? Or is there still just so much work that —

DR. GOODALL: Well, first of all, I think many people are becoming a lot more aware, that’s for sure.

But the problem is, the awareness isn’t necessarily leading to behavior change and so, you know, people — well, most people admit that human activities have caused climate change. I know there’s a whole movement which is fueled by money in from a certain part of the private sector to say that’s not true, but it is true, and I’ve been to those places, and I know. And so there’s more awareness.

But the reason I am so passionate about our youth program, Roots and Shoots, is because we have to raise a new generation to understand that, yes, we need money to live, but we wouldn’t live for money. And we need all of — all of the adults to admit that we haven’t inherited this planet from our parents but borrowed it from our children. We have to admit that’s wrong. We’ve been stealing from our children. We’re still stealing. We have to get together, if we care about conservation of chimpanzees.

We have to care about conservation of rain forests. If we want to conserve a rain forest, we have to make sure the people living all around it have better lives than most of them have. They are mostly living in great poverty, so we work with all of those people. And then in turn, eventually, they are coming around to help us, to conserve the forests, and the chimps. So you have to realize, everything is interrelated, and no one organization can do anything alone.

That’s why working with Disney is great because Disney has a big outreach. This film, hopefully, will go to millions, eventually, all around the world. It will raise the profile of chimps and hopefully that will JGI to raise more money because if we don’t raise more money, we shall fail in our mission.

Question : I think the average person doesn’t feel that they are that capable of making big change, so what do you think the — if there is one thing that we can tell the average person to do to change to help a cause like this, what would you suggest?

DR. GOODALL: Well, the most important thing — I mean, I could say, please join JGI. And I do say that. But that’s not the message. The message is: just spend a little bit of time each day thinking about the consequences of the choices you make. What you buy. Where did it come from? How was it made? What do you eat? Does it involve cruelty to animals? What do you wear that does involve child-slave labor or sweat shops? How many miles has it traveled? How was the environment damaged?

And when people start thinking like that, they begin making, first, small changes, and then usually, bigger changes. And the difficulty is getting people to understand that what you do matters. That what each one of us does every day is having an impact on the planet, and we have a choice. What kind of impact do you want to make? Don’t start thinking, oh, well, it doesn’t matter what I do, ’cause I’m one. If you were one, it wouldn’t matter two hoots, but you’re not one.

You’re a growing number of people, all around the world, and it’s when everybody starts thinking like this — and children are changing their parents and their grandparents. So we’re moving in the right direction, but not fast enough. So, an organization like Disney can help us to spread a message faster and further.

Interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall was an honor and I’m truly honored as well excited to be able to share her message. Here’s the group photo of all #disneyglobalevent bloggers in attendance.

This is one of the most amazing featurettes that shares so much on the movie. It’s a must see to grasp the overall concept of the making of this Disneynature Chimpanzee. The directors share insight on filming and why it’s so important to see this film during the first week in theaters. Check it out.

disclosure: Disney provided me with an almost all expenses paid trip to attend the disneyglobalevent. Thoughts are 100% my own.

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12 Responses

  1. Jennifer says:

    we saw it and it was sooo sweet.

  2. Xmasdolly says:

    I would love to go see this movie. In fact, instead of going out to lunch with my girlfriend I think I’m going to suggest that we go see this movie. That would be great fun.

  3. Theresa says:

    This movie looks awesome and she is such an amazing person.

  4. Stefani says:

    Seeing your post makes me want to go back and watch the film again. I can also hear Jane’s voice when reading her responses.

    What a great experience it was to be a part of the #DisneyGlobalEvent with you!

  5. Isn’t she amazing! What a woman!

  6. How cool that you got to interview Jane Goodall!

  7. Pamela R says:

    I really like her answer…about ONE PERSON–Doing something small everyday…step by step toward a bigger better change =)

  8. Wow, how incredible that you got to interview her.

  9. Marcie W. says:

    What a wonderful, kind, woman Dr Goodall is. She is truly a rare special breed.

  10. Donna says:

    Saw it last Friday with 170+ 3rd graders, lots of parents and teachers and we all loved it! It’s wonderful! I know it must have been an incredible experience for those involved in the making/filming of this movie.

  11. I hope more people go and see it. It’s doing great but I want it to do better, for the chimps.

  12. It looks good so far with the box office receipts, so I’m thrilled that she’ll be getting a good hefty donation. I hope people keep seeing it all week and the donation gets even higher!