If they made a “Real Housewives” show about primates it would likely resemble “Monkey Kingdom.” Disneynature’s latest flick has all the components of a great primetime reality show: exotic location, family squabbles and females jockeying for social status. Couple this with breathtaking photography explains why I loved “Money Kingdom.”
“Monkey Kingdom” revolves around the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey and her wacky extended family living among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Like all families, there is a set of colorful “sisters” who dominance in the kingdom can make life difficult for the lovable Maya. (Think Stassi from “Vanderpump Rules and the Richard Sisters from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.)
Maya’s life is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, and her family’s longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys. Maya’s whole family retreats, and thanks to Maya’s street smarts and ingenuity they manage to uncover untapped resources in the new surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
“Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and directed and produced by Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed and produced by Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”).
Rated G, “Monkey Kingdom” swings into theaters April 17, 2015. 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.