Interview with Disneynature Ambassador Dr. Sanjayan on Monkey Kingdom
Experience and travel provided by Disneynature. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Getting the opportunity to learn more about why a movie is made or how a movie is made is always an experience that is exciting and new. A few years ago I was in Florida for Disneynature’s Chimpanzee, and now I’m in Florida for Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom.
As the executive vice president and senior scientist for Conservation International, Dr. Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist, writer and Emmy-nominated news contributor that focuses on the connection between nature and human well-being. Dr. Sanjayan reaches a very large television audience with a variety of series and documentaries including; Years of Living Dangerously, Planet Earth: The Future, Expedition Alaska, Mysteries of the Shark Coast and Powering the Future.
I’m still smack dab in the middle of all the Monkey Kingdom fun and I wanted to share this fun interview with Dr. Sanjayan on the making of Monkey Kingdom.
Interview with Dr. Sanjayan
How many days did it take to film Monkey Kingdom?
Fun fact: In filming a normal documentary, one minute of filming is usually about a day of filming. Monkey Kingdom is 88 minutes. You do the math.
Who is your favorite character?
Fun fact: The film crew follows various characters around, but they really lucked out with Maya. She is truly the star of the show.
What was your favorite scene in the movie?
The termite hatch and the monkeys swimming underwater.
Fun fact: The termite hatch only happens once a year so they only had one chance to get it right.
What is your favorite part in working with Disney?
Disney is an unusual company in that everything they do is at a high level.
Fun fact: Dr. Sanjayan worked on Earth, Oceans and Monkey Kingdom.
Another fun fact about Monkey Kingdom is that Dr. Sanjayan had a similar experience to the birthday cake scene in the movie. When he was six, a monkey stole his birthday cake off of the counter in his house and still to this day his family doesn’t entirely believe the story.
I was able to preview Monkey Kingdom earlier this week and while I can’t share my Monkey Kingdom film review just yet, I can say that you’ll want to go see it during opening week (April 17-23, 2015) so that a donation will be made to Conservation International. The donations will help to protect monkeys and other endangered species in the natural habitats.
Monkey Kingdom opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, April 17, 2015!