Am I posting too much on “Project Nim”? Well, it is still my favorite film of the year, and since I reviewed it six months ago I’ve been dying for the time when I get to really recommend and discuss it. But it’s hard to take anyone’s word completely, and I’ve always loved when faithful distributors and marketers release a video of a film’s first 5-10 minutes, as primary proof that it’s going to suck you in. Clips are nice, but they’re kind of spoilery and often provide little context. Here, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, you get six minutes of intriguing introduction to Nim Chimpsky, Professor Herb Terrace, Stephanie LaFarge and her daughter, Jenny Lee.
Oh, and isn’t it cute how Nim is playing with the kitten? Wait til you see him try to hump the poor feline later on. Of course, you have to go see it for that part, as well as the rest of the most stunning, amusing, heartbreaking, heartwarming, engrossing, and thought-provoking documentary story of the year. One little disclaimer, though, I’m pretty sure the film actually starts a bit before this video begins (with Nim being taken from his mother), but I might be wrong. Just to be safe, don’t get to the theater late just because you saw the “first 6 minutes” — which you can check out after the jump.
I’ve embedded the “Nim” opening below, but there’s another video you should check out, particularly if you’ve already seen the doc. It’s a behind-the-scenes featurette on the effects work used for the reenactment scenes. Peter Elliott, who has played apes and choreographed others in primate behavior in numerous movies (including “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes”), can be seen donning and discussing the suit he wears for the film, while the animatronic puppeteering team does their part, as well. I’ve embedded that nearly 5 minute clip (longer than the reenactment bits, themselves, it seems) in an earlier post since I had already mentioned Elliott there. Check that out here.