Disneynature’s BEARS opened in theaters everywhere on April 18th, but my family was treated to an amazing sneak peek while attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Baby is head over heels for anything nature oriented like most third grade girls so she was super excited. I was just a smidge concerned, since I was afraid it may be too reflective of real life. Our Disneynature’s BEARS Movie Review is two thumbs up! It was entertaining for my children, as well as captivating for my husband and I due to all the magnificent scenery shots of Alaska. I may, or may not, have suggested we start saving for a Disney Alaskan cruise.
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After previewing the movie, I can say there is nothing a mom should worry about her children seeing. John C Riley gives a great playful personality to the bear cubs that had both my children giggling often during the movie, like this scene where poor Scout gets caught on the wrong side of digging for clams.
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!
Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.
- Bears” is the fifth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
- The first four releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”—are among the top five highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.
- Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.
Want to learn more? The Disneynature BEARS Educator’s Guide is available here and includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. Want to learn more on the go? Then check out the FREE Disneynature Explore App here.
Or check out Disney’s new new featurette that includes interviews with the narrator of the film, John C. Reilly, as well as well as Disneynature Ambassador, Dr. Jane Goodall.