(2014 - April 18)
1 hr. 17 min.
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Stars: John C. Reilly | See full cast and crew
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.(c) Disney
Adorable baby animals, breathtaking scenery, what's not to like. How can this not be a home-run? Yet it seems to have just hit a triple...a good thing but it's still not a score. The unfortunate thing is that the trailers get you all excited to see the film but it doesn't live up to the hype. It needed something more, perhaps a little better narration, not that the delivery by John C. Reilly is bad, yes, at times a bit corny, but it's just not that interesting. The story is lacking.
The mother bear, Sky, which they describe as such a perfect role model for her cubs seems to make one mistake after another (in an effort to make the story dramatic) putting her cubs in peril again and again. I wanted to be charmed by this film and I wasn't. It fizzeled to an end with me thinking, that was it? Even the scenery became less moving as the film wound down to its lackluster conclusion. Like it's predecessor from Disneynature, Chimpanzee, it was a bit underwhelming.
Behind the scenes, the making of Bears.