Greetings, Money Saving Parents! This is entry #2 in my Countdown to Earth Day series, a review of Disney Nature’s Bears. I plan to review different Disney Nature films throughout the week and encourage families to watch each of these highly educational documentaries as they celebrate the planet on which we live and its many wonders. A big thank you to the Disney Social Media Moms conference for making our preview available to us. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which are used to support this site and my family. However all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Enjoy!
Meet the Bears
DisneyNature, the independent film label of Walt Disney studios, is responsible for producing several educational documentaries about the natural world and the highly intriguing creatures that call it home. Just recently, Disney Nature released another new film, just in time for Earth Day. It’s called Bears, and it certain to win the hearts and minds of adults and children alike as they watch a mother and her cubs struggle to survive.
Bears is a documentary about Alaskan brown bears and it follows a small family of bears through the Alaskan wilderness. Sky, the mother bear, is joined by her two cubs, Scout and Amber, on a long and often dangerous journey. The mother and her young cubs need food, but options are few and other predators are competing for the same limited supplies. Determined and unwavering, Sky gives everything she has to finding adequate food for herself and her two young cubs.
Threats are Everywhere
Life as a young bear cub is difficult. There are threats from wolves and even from other bears that are ready to snatch up a young cub on a moment’s notice. Amber is a little clingier and more cautious compared to her curious brother Scout, increasing his chances to encounter danger at every turn. Bears illustrates these constant threats from predators as well as the extent to which a mother bear will go to protect her young. Sky is smaller than some of the large, highly territorial male bears surrounding her. But she isn’t about to back down. She stands her ground and is ready to fight for the lives of young Scout and Amber whenever possible.
Education and More
Disneynature films are highly educational and Bears is no different. Viewers get to see young bear cubs just shortly after birth and they get to learn what life is like for bears and other animals in the Alaskan wilderness. Hollywood actor John C. Reilly supplies the narration for the film and, like with other Disney Nature films, he adds some humor when appropriate. This is nice because kids may get a little concerned and scared as they watch some of the scenes, which include actual fights between adult brown bears.
Besides the education, there is another good reason to watch and enjoy Bears. The scenery is magnificent and it could convince some viewers to consider Alaska for a family excursion. Even if you don’t have a major interest in brown bears, the cinematography alone is reason enough to watch Bears. The filming takes place in Alaska’s breathtaking Katmai National Park and Preserve and the views of the vast Alaskan wilderness, massive mountain peaks, and coastal waters are nothing short of amazing. The cinematography will easily capture and hold your attention for the film’s full 80 minutes.
In Theaters Now
Being a single mom isn’t easy and Bears shows how difficult it can be for a mother bear to find adequate food and protect her cubs from danger. It’s another winning entry in the DisneyNature series and it opens today, April 18, 2014. A percentage of ticket sales during opening week will be donated to the National Park Foundation so head to your local theater for some great family education, fun, and charity as Earth Day approaches.
Copyright 2014, Bryan Carey
We previously shared with you our thoughts on Bears, it’s no secret it was an amazingly thoughtful and insightful, yet fun filled movie for the whole family. So, of course we are excited to find out that it’s soon to be released on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate we bring to you through the generous sponsorship of Alex Woo and Disney this giveaway!
All Alex Woo pieces tell a story and this pendant isn’t any different. This symbolic pendant captures the essence of American wildlife and significance of the bond between mother and child. Inspired by Disneynature’s latest true-life adventure, Bears, the design features the film’s stars, the mother bear, Sky, and her twin cubs, Amber and Scout, standing against the backdrop of three snow-capped mountain peaks – each representing goals that the National Park Foundation hopes to achieve: wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and conservation research.
This eco-friendly design is available in Sterling Silver or solid 14kt Gold, and is made in NYC from sustainable resources. Alex Woo Inc. will donate 20% of the proceeds from sales of this design to benefit the National Park Foundation in its dedication to further conservation, preservation, and enjoyment of America’s national parks.
The pendant hangs on a 18” chain. When worn, the pendant will hang approximately 17” because the chain loops through the piece. – See more at: Alex Woo’s Website
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