Last updated on May 5th, 2014 at 07:43 am
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Disneynature BEARS is a big-screen adventure that follows a bear family as impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. It is narrated by none other than the insanely talented John C. Reilly. Your kids will recognize his voice immediately as Ralph from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and you’ll notice how emphatic his voice can be, especially when talking about the bear cubs. It is a breathtaking story of epic scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life. BEARS is Disneynature’s fifth theatrical release.
I am so incredibly happy to finally have the chance to share with you what I thought about this very relatable tale of a momma bear and her precious twin cubs. We’ve all heard the expression “No one messes with a Momma Bear”. In this documentary, you’ll see exactly why that expression was created, and how human mothers are just as protective of their children as bears are of their cubs.
My children have watched the trailers for BEARS since they were released, over 8 months ago. I can’t wait to take my family out to the theaters this weekend. They’ll love this film, and not just because it’s narrated by John C. Reilly, rather my kids understand that the cubs are babies, and that their mom is taking care of them. In fact, my 2.5 year old son points to the TV/ or computer screen and shouts, “Baby, momma!”
In Disneynature BEARS you’ll be taken on a great adventure that begins in a warm and cozy bear den high up in the mountains of Alaska. You’ll follow the family as they descend towards the coast looking for food. The world outside of the bear den is exciting—but risky. The two-week journey down to the coast is riddled with danger, from avalanches to wolves; it’s hard to stay safe.
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!
I recommend Disneynature BEARS for all ages.
BEARS is a warm and fuzzy documentary that makes it perfect for all ages. You don’t have to worry about your little one getting their heart broken by any scary scenes. There is blood, but mostly from the salmon the bears catch and devour. No humans are in this film, meaning, you don’t have to worry about a hunter shooting a lone bear or the cubs having to survive without their mom. We’ve all seen Bambi, and we all know how terribly sad it was when Bambi’s mom was killed, but trust me, that doesn’t happen in this movie.
Fun Movie Facts:
LYING DOWN ON THE JOB – Principal photographers for Disneynature’s Bears endeavored to place moviegoers within the world of the bears by shooting all footage within a bear’s eye line. This meant positioning the cameras—and the operators—low to the ground.
LOTSA FISH. LOTSA BEARS. – Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to an estimated 2,000 brown bears, who are attracted to the abundance of salmon—there are five species of Pacific salmon in Katmai, including sockeye, or red salmon.
ON THE MENU – The brown bears that live in Katmai eat a variety of food (while waiting for the coveted salmon run). Bears snack on sedge grass, use their claws to pry open clams and other shellfish, munch on mussels and in late summer, will dine on ripe berries.
IT’S ALL ABOUT LAYERING – With Alaska’s unpredictable weather and shooting days that often went 14 hours, filmmakers had to plan accordingly. The key, they said, was in layering. Favorite pieces included thick thermals, waterproof jackets, chest waders, goose-down jackets and assorted t-shirts.Chest waders also came in handy when it came to cooling off in the river on hot days and having a dry place to sit on wet days.
SAFETY FIRST – The production team was able to film among enormous brown bears and wolves without feeling threatened, thanks to the untouched area they chose to film in and the brilliant guides who accompanied them on every shoot.
LET SLEEPING BEARS LIE – Two filmmakers and their guide trekked to the top of a cliff to capture a wide shot of bears in the meadow. While scouting the right angle, they inadvertently interrupted a young male bear in the midst of a snooze. None too happy, the bear voiced his feelings, offered a bit of a bluff charge, and headed off to the meadow along with his girl for a bite (of sedge grass).
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to save species and habitats and to connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. To date, DWCF has granted more than $20 million to support conservation programs in 112 countries. DWCF is a Disney initiative to conserve nature for future generations and is not a US 501(c)(3) public charity. Advance tickets for groups of 20 or more will be available later this fall at 1-888-DISNEY6.
DODOcase introduces a limited edition collection of iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPhone 5/5S cases featuring a custom BEARS design. 20% of each sale will go directly to the NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION. Grab one for yourself, or give one as a gift. I have the case for my iPhone and it’s really nice.
The Disney Store will contribute $1 to the NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION for every BEARS plush purchased between now and 5/11/14. Get yours today, my kids love theirs.
Disneynature BEARS is out now! Have a happy and safe Earth Day!