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!
Walt Disney Studios
User Reviews: John C. Reilly narrates this Disney nature documentary about Sky, a female brown bear, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, in Alaska. They climb out of their snowbound den and traverse mountains to greener pastures. It’s a year in their lives. They scavenge for food and watch for predators. The big feast comes with the salmon run.
This has all the great Disney nature cinematography. It looks beautiful although the slow motion can linger a little too long. I’m less convinced about the Reilly narrations. His casual speaking voice is too colloquial sometimes. It’s mostly fine except for the bears’ voices which comes off a little sarcastic. There are stretches missing in the journey which could have added to the drama. There isn’t much film about being lost in the woods for two weeks. That could have been great darkness before the dawn. The movie isn’t that long and Sky’s shocking thin appearance is jarring in its disconnection. That could have added some depth to the desperation. This is fine for the G-rated nature films for the kids.