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Disney Nature Monkey Kingdom

Published May 3, 2015 by Maryanne

Monkey KingdomKumar, Maya and little Kip

(NOTE: CONTAINS SPOILERS!)

I was thrilled that my husband took me to see “Disney Nature Monkey Kingdom” last night! It was an incredible documentary about the lives of monkeys living in the ancient ruins of Sri Lanka, adorably narrated by Tina Fey.

You know you’re in for something really special when a movie about monkeys opens up with “Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees” by The Monkees.

And you learn something new right from the start. I never knew monkeys had cliques and classes just like humans do. The Monkey Kingdom is ruled by alpha male Raja and a trio of high status nasty bitch monkeys called “The Sisterhood.” The Sisterhood could do whatever they want, and their little monkeys could do whatever they want. (Pfft … sounds like some townships I know of in New Jersey, but I’ll keep my mouth shut!)

Immediately, your heart goes out to Maya, who is at the low end of the class. She gets the least food of all the monkeys and is treated poorly by The Sisterhood. It’s kind of like the story of Cinderella and her evil stepsisters. But Maya never becomes jaded. And of all the monkeys, she’s really a looker! You can see her soul through her blue-lidded eyes (which looks like she’s wearing eye shadow!). She was really a good monkey — all she ever wanted was to provide for herself (and later her family). Pretty is as pretty does!

During mating season, Kumar, an outsider, gets his heart set on attracting Maya. He flirts by chattering his teeth, making a lot of noise to get her attention. She likes him, but Alpha male Raj is determined to keep the outsider OUT.

It’s a Romeo and Juliet situation, but the tragic couple do find some time together and Maya becomes pregnant. Since Kumar is an outsider and forbidden into the Kingdom.

Life isn’t easy for a single mom, especially not in Monkey Kingdom. Maya has to raise little Kip on her own, hunting every day to find the best food to make the best milk for him.

The Sisterhood punish Maya for stealing their food and take little Kip away from her. Maya is heartbroken — and so seems little Kip. When The Sisterhood get bored taking care of Kip, they desert him and the little monkey baby is now lost and scared. (See, I told you they were nasty bitches!)

Kip and Maya cry for each other and eventually find each other again.

Meanwhile, Kumar doesn’t give up on wooing his lady. He’s a strong, chivalrous monkey and is able to entice Alpha Raj with some jack fruit. Kumar also makes friends with some of the younger monkeys in the tribe by playing with them. Raj finally accepts Kumar and allows him into the Kingdom to reunite with Maya. But Kumar has to work for it — his job is grooming other monkeys. And for the first time Kumar meets his son, Kip. Kumar, Maya and Kip become a happy family.

All is well until the Kingdom is upset by an outside tribe and the monkeys are forced to temporarily live elsewhere. Maya becomes a heroine when she teaches The Sisterhood how to hunt for food in the “real world.”

“Low class” Maya showed them how it’s done!  She makes it a “high class” style party, leading all the monkeys into a village where they hit the jackpot when they break into a hut and all hell breaks loose. The pickings were plentiful: cake, fruits, and other delights. The monkeys learned something they never knew before — a sense of a full tummy!

The story has a happy ending with Kumar and Maya moving up in class and having another baby monkey, a little sister for Kip. And little Kip ended up having the same great personality as his parents, wanting to make friends with all the other monkeys.

It was all so precious, I was crying my eyes out. Kumar and Maya stole my heart — they are my favorite celebrity couple!

In addition to monkeys, this film has other animal cuteness like deer, bears, squirrels and other wildlife.

I highly recommend this unforgettable adventure!

Here’s the official trailer from Disney:

Recyclables Art Program for Children at Secaucus Library (And Animal Art too!)

Published April 27, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7160“The Recycling Home” created by a young library patron

SAM_7162Children sharing their artwork

(Photo of children used with permission from parents)

Today Lorraine Brown and I presented our children’s art program, “Make Art Out of Recyclables” at the Secaucus Library, Secaucus, New Jersey (http://secaucuslibrary.org/).

Using recycled paper and various materials, children made cards; some for Mother’s Day and some just used free expression.

We had a fabulous time and look forward to going back! Thanks so much to librarian, Cecilia Mucciolo for having us!

If you’d like to have us present “Make Art Out of Recyclables” at your library (or children’s birthday party), please email me at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

I’d also like to give a shout out to Richard Moglia, whose extraordinary art is currently featured at the Secaucus Library. Lorraine and I have a soft spot for animals, and we think it’s super duper cool that Richard Moglia donates work to help animal conservation!

I tried to find a website for Richard, but came up empty handed. But here’s a cool article I found on him: http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/26377981/article-Portrait-of-the-apes-Local-artist-is-an-advocate-for-vanishing-primates-?

Enjoy some of the photos I took of his work:

SAM_7166You know me, I love to monkey around!

SAM_7151Lorraine Brown, loves animals as much as I do!

SAM_7157Portrait of a rescued lab monkey 

According to the note accompanying the photo, she really did smile like this!

SAM_7154Orangutan

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Happy National Goof Off Day!

Published March 22, 2015 by Maryanne

monkey chihuahuas

Hooray, it’s National Goof Off Day!

Forget all your troubles and play, play, play!

Put olives on your fingers! Do whatever you wish!

Pretend you’re a Chihuahua or dance with a fish.

We got Glen Jones on the radio! http://wfmu.org/jones/jonesmain.html

Just get in that car and go, go, GO!

Put gum on your nose!

Wear ripped panty hose!

Whatever you do, just don’t be stiff,

Having fun is the greatest gift!

SAM_1430 Sunday Funday!

SAM_5678Yeah!

 

Sometimes I Just Like to Monkey Around

Published June 30, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1374Rain Forest Cafe, last night

Dennis and I went for a few drinks at the Rain Forest Cafe last night. Much deserved after all the stress of taking care of Billy Cat. (Who is actually improving a little. One day at a time.)

This picture inspired me to share some super cool monkey songs, since there are so many good ones to start off a Sunday.

ENJOY!

Patti Smith – “Space Monkey”

Iggy Pop & James Williamson “Lucky Monkeys”

Cramps “Monkey With Your Tail”

Pixes “Monkey Gone to Heaven”

Beatles “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”

Plasmatics “Monkey Suit”

Rolling Stones “Monkey Man”

Dim Stars “Monkey”

Caught Monkey Footing!

Published May 15, 2013 by Maryanne

monkey footPhoto swiped from Google

Even those of us who are fit and healthy have their moments of weakness, times when we’re just too damn lazy to bend over and pick something up. So we do it the easy way. We pick it up with our toes. I call it “monkey footing.”

Today was one of those mornings. I just went grocery shopping, was putting things away, accidentally dropped my grocery receipt and picked it up with my toes.

My husband caught me and laughed so hard. He saw me do this before and thinks it’s very funny how I do the monkey foot so quickly and with such finesse.

“How long were you doing that? Since you were a little kid?”

I don’t remember, honestly, but to me that is one of the perks of springtime — you’re always barefoot so when you’re in a hurry, just monkey foot it!

The Animal Bucket List

Published May 9, 2012 by Maryanne

I hear so much about “bucket lists.” I decided to come up with one of my own.

While I started writing my bucket list, I realized my “must do before I die” list has everything to do with animals. Those who know me will not be surprised, as I’m the one who prefers having ground hogs in my backyard to a garden; the one who stops to pet each and every dog I meet in passing;  the one who longs to someday live on a farm; and the one who always has cat hair on her clothing.

So, here it is — My Official Bucket List (with the ones I’ve done already striked through!)

Ride a camel

Hold a koala bear

Ride an elephant

Own a ball python

Hold a baby pig

Swim with a dolphin

Own a pocket-sized poodle

Own a Chihuahua

Own an Italian Greyhound

Own a ferret

Come face-to-face with an eel while snorkeling! (which is why I no longer snorkel!)

Ride a horse on the beach with my husband (how romantic is this one?!)

Milk a cow or a goat

Eat frog’s legs (didn’t like them, tasted too much like chicken)

Hold a monkey

Watch a cat give birth

Watch a dog give birth

Hold a baby squirrel

Pet a baby tiger (make that “pet every cute baby animal there is on this planet!”)

Smuggle a grasshopper from Florida to New Jersey (I did that when I was 9, and the grasshopper lived in New Jersey until the end of the summer!)

Ride a horse, English-style, Western-style AND bare-back!

Teach a pet a trick (make that an impressive trick, I don’t think teaching a cat to go crazy for Super Goo counts!)

Continue to treat my cats with such love that they live until at least 20! (They are 16 and 18 now!)

And a few things that weren’t on my animal bucket list, that were not so cool 

1. Got bit by a pig

2. Got bit by a squirrel

3. Got thrown from a horse

4. A pony stepped on my foot when I was 10 (a pony !! and it hurt like hell!!)