Disneynature Bears: Movie Review

Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature has released it’s newest movie, Bears, which hit theaters nationwide yesterday. The film follows a family of bears (momma bear and her two cubs) over the course of a year, in their natural habitat in Alaska. Facing predators including wolves and other bigger bears, Bears shows you a glimpse into the life of these animals that you thought you knew a decent amount about, but really don’t.

Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

This was the first Disneynature film I’ve seen and I must say, it was beautifully put together. I can’t believe how close these filmmakers got to bears – especially when the situation got a bit more dangerous when predators came in. I appreciated that the film wasn’t nearly gruesome as you might expect (i.e. Nat Geo or Animal Planet-style), although there were some pretty close calls.

Narrated by John C. Reilly, the film did have some dull moments, but overall, was very educational and had some decent humor in it. Bears might not be at the top of you or your kids’ list of movies to see since it’s not like the other Disney animated movies, but this actually makes for a great Saturday or Sunday morning movie trip, and you’ll definitely learn a lot!  It’s also really cool to watch the animals in their natural habitat, versus seeing them at a zoo.

Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Disneynature will donate a portion of ticket sales during opening week (ending April 24) to the National Parks Foundation. Will you be seeing Bears?