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April 18, 2014

Disneynature's Bears Review

Synopsis:
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 pack. “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”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

Bears was a movie that was both educational and entertaining at the same time.

We followed the adventures of Sky, a mother bear, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, as they set out to find food to fill their bellies and keep them full to last throughout winter's 6-month hibernation.

During their journey they encounter numerous obstacles and predators, and it becomes very evident why, as noted in the beginning of the movie, that 50% of bear cubs do not make it pass their first year of life.

Despite such an alarming statistic, we watched as Sky does everything she can to protect her little ones and find them, and herself, the food they need to survive.

The movie was filmed in Alaska, and the scenes were simply breathtaking - the mountains, the flowers, the fields of bears...

There were many humorous moments throughout the movie, as well as some tense ones as Sky and her cubs became face to face with other predators, but overall the movie was very intriguing and informative.

My kids learned a lot about bears, and so did I.

I do wish they touched upon Scout and Amber's father, as I'm sure there were some curious kids and adults who would have wanted to learn what could have happened to the father bear.

Ultimately, Bears gave us a fascinating peek into their lives, and we left the theater with a greater understanding and appreciation of Bears.
 
Thank you to the sponsor for providing complimentary tickets to the screening for review purposes.

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