CLICK HERE to see the official trailer for DisneyNature’s Bears.
Now showing in theaters across Hampton Roads.
In honor of Earth Day weekend, DisneyNature is back with the spectacular look at a year in the life of a momma bear (SKY) and her two new cubs (AMBER and SCOUT). It starts with the birth and nursing through the winter — hibernating… buried beneath mounds of snow in the regal mountains of Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Soon enough the snow begins to melt and it’s time for Sky to make the move — the LONG LONG journey toward food… the salmon runs.
The trio faces treacherous terrain, even an avalanche along the way, but the search for food is what it’s all about. When they arrive at the meadow at the dawn of Spring… grass is the first staple. But a quick jaunt to the shore ahead of the salmon arrival means there’s other “fishing” to do. There are lots of scenes of adorable cubs frolicking in the ocean waters and digging for clams in Alaska’s mud flats.
But, it’s not all fun. Sky must defend her cubs against wolves and other hungry male bears… Magnus — the king of the meadow — and Chinook — the exiled, fringe king wanna be. Both of them come for the bear cubs looking to fill their need for food. Sky stands her ground. The fight for survival against wolves, bears, and ultimately hunger, is fascinating to watch.
Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey (known for work on “African Cats”) teamed up with co-writer Adam Chapman to bring Bears to life. And actor John C. Reilly as the narrator was a great choice. His happy-go-lucky approach to the narration and the imagined internal dialogue of the bears was an enjoyable fit.
DisneyNature’s BEARS is educational but also brings us an emotionally appealing story that makes the film easy to watch for all ages. And for me as a producer, I absolutely LOVED the closing credits because we get to see how the filmmakers actually got the spectacular shots. We see the camera people up to their chests in water to get underwater shots of salmon, and face-to-face with wolves and bears to get shots of some of the most tense scenes in the film. And we see their camp, and equipment — especially the mounted camera on the helicopter that brings us the amazing aerial shots from mountain peaks to avalanches. Simply fascinating to watch.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS
Rated G for all audiences. A word of caution though for parents — there are a few scenes that could upset the littlest movie-goers… there are scenes involving abandonment and a drowning scare that are handled well, but could still be upsetting. The movie ultimately is about SURVIVAL.