Born in China

Born in China

Born in China

Disney nature documentary on the epic journey of three animal families enduring China’s vast and unforgiving terrain.

"In an epic tale of four seasons, we follow some of the animal families that populate various corners of China’s expansive terrain. Meet Ya Ya, a loving panda bear mother guiding her growing baby Mei Mei as she begins to explore and seek independence; Tao Tao, a mischievous two-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey nudged toward self-sufficiency after the arrival of his new baby sister; and Dawa, a mother snow leopard – an elusive animal rarely caught on camera – facing the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2016Rating: Exempt79 minsUK, China, USAEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitles
Documentary
Director:
Chuan Lu ('Mountain Patrol', 'City of Life and Death', 'The Missing Gun')
Writer:
David FowlerBrian LeithPhil ChapmanChuan Lu

Streaming (2 Providers)

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A gently stirring doc about pandas, snow leopards, and golden monkeys in the China wilds traces the circle of life - and death.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As an introduction for children to exotic creatures in picturesque landscapes, the movie is harmless enough.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

It's neatly organised around not only the changing of the seasons, but a Disney-branded circle-of-life ethos.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This Disneynature documentary boasts an immersive, meditative tone which is undermined by aggressive adorableness that seeks to anthropomorphise its untamed creatures until they're as harmless as moppets.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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John Krasinski narrates, and though he doesn't achieve that mix of gravitas and cheeky wit [of] Sir David Attenborough ... his vocal stylings are perfectly homey and serviceable for the task of guiding us through the lives of these special animals.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If all of the over-emoting can be ignored, Born in China delivers gorgeous visuals in its close-up perspective on some of the world's rarest wildlife species, as well as the imposing habitats they call home.

Variety

Variety

press

A gently stirring doc about pandas, snow leopards, and golden monkeys in the China wilds traces the circle of life - and death.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As an introduction for children to exotic creatures in picturesque landscapes, the movie is harmless enough.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

It's neatly organised around not only the changing of the seasons, but a Disney-branded circle-of-life ethos.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This Disneynature documentary boasts an immersive, meditative tone which is undermined by aggressive adorableness that seeks to anthropomorphise its untamed creatures until they're as harmless as moppets.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

John Krasinski narrates, and though he doesn't achieve that mix of gravitas and cheeky wit [of] Sir David Attenborough ... his vocal stylings are perfectly homey and serviceable for the task of guiding us through the lives of these special animals.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If all of the over-emoting can be ignored, Born in China delivers gorgeous visuals in its close-up perspective on some of the world's rarest wildlife species, as well as the imposing habitats they call home.

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