Koko - A Talking Gorilla

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Nature Documentary published by Others in 1978 - English narration

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The day to day instruction and training you see Koko receiving from Dr. Francis "Penny" Patterson in this intimate portrait is not the kid-friendly portrait you'd expect. You get to see Koko on off days when she doesn't want to sign with Penny, when she seems bored and restless with her daily routine, or when she rebels against Penny's authority by engaging in minor destructive acts within her living area. Her home, basically a bland, institutional space with hardly any natural light, is depressing and there are few scenes with Koko enjoying the outdoors freely. Despite Dr. Patterson's assurances that she is making incredible breakthroughs in communication between humans and apes, viewers may get the feeling that Koko is being brainwashed through repetitious instruction. Her only other exposure to gorillas is Michael, a young ape who is also being trained to communicate using American sign language. Is Dr. Patterson raising a new breed of gorillas who will only be able to sign with each other and research scientists in a private facility of Stanford University? Can Koko, who was once housed in the San Francisco Zoo, communicate with apes in the wild or even zoo apes?

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  • Video Length .......: 01:20:46
  • Video Codec Name ...: XviD 1.1.0 Final
  • Video Bitrate ......: 1028 Kb/s
  • Resolution .........: 400 x 304
  • Aspect Ratio .......: 1.316:1
  • Framerate ..........: 23.976 FPS
  • Packed Bitstream ...: No
  • Duplicate Frames ...: Yes
  • Max. consec. B-Frms : 1
  • GMC ................: No
  • Q-Pel ..............: No
  • Audio Codec Name ...: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3)
  • Audio Bitrate ......: 171 Kb/s (VBR)
  • Channels ...........: 2 Ch
  • Language ...........: English (original)

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