Monkey Kingdom

Monkey Kingdom

Alastair Fothergill (2015)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This highly stylised documentary charts the path of toque macaque monkey Maya in her fight to provide for her infant son, Kip. Featuring a stunning score and enthusiastic narration from Tina Fey, nature gets a Disney twist that will be engrossing to young viewers as it offers a gentle, family-friendly entry to the natural world. Maya's journey is heavily edited to give it narrative heft, with each furry star becoming a character in their own right. The film-makers may take liberties with the motivations behind some actions, but humanising the story means a subject like death is handled with a gentle touch. As corny as the film's comedic flourishes may feel, they always seem to raise a smile. While nowhere near as detailed as finer films in the nature documentary genre, Monkey Kingdom is a fun introduction for youngsters not quite ready for David Attenborough.


Documentary following a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a group of simians who live in ancient ruins found deep in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Narrated by Tina Fey.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Tina Fey
Director Alastair Fothergill
Director Mark Linfield

Other Information

Language: EnglishColour