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Beauty and wonder is “Born in China”

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Though Earth Day has come and gone, there’s never a wrong time to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of our planet and all that live on it. One way to get another look at nature is by seeing Disney’s newest nature documentary “Born in China.”

Narrated by “The Office’s” John Krasinski, “Born in China” follows five species of animals throughout the forests, plateaus and plains of China. The animals are red-crowned cranes, Tibetan antelope (also known as chiru), snow leopards, golden snub-nosed monkeys and giant pandas. The last three species are the main focus of the documentary, following a family of each animal as the seasons go by. Dawa, the snow leopard, is the mother of two cubs and must protect them in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Tao Tao, a juvenile golden monkey, has been displaced by a new baby. Ya Ya, a giant panda, cares for her baby, Mei Mei who wants to explore the beautiful Szechuan highlands they inhabit.

The movie, visually, is stunning. Viewers are offered a side to China that they don’t typically think of. Far away from the bustle and pollution of Beijing, the audience is treated to the magnificent vistas and forests of China. The animals are adorable, try not to melt when you see Mei Mei the baby panda tumble around. But what is most impressive of all is the footage of the snow leopards. One of the rarer animals in the world, the snow leopard is elusive and seldom captured in videos or photos. To see three of them on film is incredibly impressive and worth the price of the movie ticket.

I give this movie four and a half stars out of five.

Adrianna McCain can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_arts on Twitter.

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Beauty and wonder is “Born in China”