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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – My Monkey Baby

Believe it or not, thousands of Americans are apparently raising monkeys as parts of their families, bestowing upon the li'l primates the same goodies they'd buy for their own offspring - cute, frilly dresses, toys, et cetera. My Monkey Baby looks into the lives of three couples that have made room for a hairy bundle of joy.
September 30, 2009


Believe it or not, thousands of Americans are apparently raising monkeys as parts of their families, bestowing upon the li’l primates the same goodies they’d buy for their own offspring – cute, frilly dresses, toys, et cetera. My Monkey Baby looks into the lives of three couples that have made room for a hairy bundle of joy. While some of the ‘parents’ can’t have kids of their own, others are replacing ones that have already left the nest – Lori, for example, dresses up Jessica Marie, a tiny capuchin, in make-up and dresses to make the creature ‘look more like my daughter.’ ‘If I hear somebody call her a monkey, I throw a fit,’ says husband Jim. In documenting the relationships within these inter-species ‘families,’ as well as shedding light on the process of adopting a monkey (a practice that’s legal in 30 states), the show goes beyond cheap sensationalism, prompting interesting questions about the bond between human and animal.
Partners: Glasshead Productions (London) for Channel 4 distributed through Cineflix International
Aired: Channel 4, June 2009 (airing on TLC in US)
Length: 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide excluding UK, Ireland & U.S.

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