For Born in China (in theaters April 21), the greatest wildlife cinematographers in the world captured rarely seen images of pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, and other creatures living in far-flung corners of China. It was director Chuan Lu’s job to look deeper and find the few minutes of film that would capture each animal family’s unique adventure.
Just in time for Earth Day 2016, Disneynature has unveiled the first look at its newest entry, Born in China (watch exclusively above), which will hit theaters on Earth Day 2017. The studio behind Earth, Oceans, Bears, and Chimpanzee is calling Born in China its “most ambitious film yet” for the lengths the filmmakers went to capture footage in the Asian wild — or the heights, as it were. The production crew ascended the 16,000-foot-high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to film the real-life adventures of three different families in the animal kingdom: monkeys, snow leopards, and pandas.