Snow Monkeys

About

In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

Production Credits Print

NARRATED BY
LIAM NEESON

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY
JOSEPH PONTECORVO

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
JOSEPH PONTECORVO

editor
BILLY McMILLIN

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
JEREMY ZUCKERMAN

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY BY
Nimmida pontecorvo

SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR
SCOT B. CHARLES

SOUND EDITOR
LEN DELOREY

ONLINE EDITOR
SHANE DILLON

NARRATION RECORDIST
DON HOFFMAN

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

colorist
ERIC ROSEN

ASSISTANT EDITOR
PHILIP THANGSOMBAT
Bill McMILLIN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
NIMMIDA PONTECORVO
YOSHIYUKI SATO

STOCK FOOTAGE
JIBTRIMMER'S CO. LTD
TOSHIO HAGIWARA

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS
DR. ICHIRO TANAKA
JEAN-BAPTISTE LECA, PH.D.
TAKAYO SOMA

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE
SAVANNAH SCHULZE
RYANN STAFFORD
JULIE REVELES

SPECIAL THANKS
TOSHIO HAGIWARA
HARUO TAKEFUSHI
JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK STAFF
KURAKUKAN HOTEL
YOKO KOBAYASHI
CHRISTINA RUDDY

For NATURE

series editor
JANET HESS

supervising producer
JANICE YOUNG

senior producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

Legal Counsel
Blanche Robertson

Intern
GLEB MIKHALEV

Web Producer
CHIE WITT

budget controller
Karen Feigenbaum

online editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

series producer
BILL MURPHY

executive producer
fred kaufman

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