Disneynature Bears is an exciting documentary type film that is great for the whole family. If you are looking for an up close and personal view of Bears, this certainly is it. After such a great response from my own children ages 3 1/2 and 6, I am certain this movie would be great in any school or home setting. There’s a lot you can take away from this film and incorporate it into a lesson plan easily. Viewers will learn not just about bears but be amazed at the amazing cinematography and exceptional sound & music quality in capturing just a glimpse of the beauty Alaska offers through all four seasons.
In this film, we follow a mother bear named Sky and her cubs Amber & Scout for one year. John C. Reilly (voice of Ralph in Wreck-It Ralph) is narrating the movie and my son pointed that out to me right away. It may have been the one possible reason he paid as much attention as he did. I’m bit on the middle ground for the narration. My kids seemed to like it though and it kept them interested. The Bears in the movie were named. I think this is good idea because it helps the viewers connect with what’s going on with the Bears and helps with any confusion of telling each them apart. The movie was very interesting as we watch what it took for this mother bear and her cubs to survive. My children certainly didn’t know it could be so hard!
The G rating is plus for the film. There’s no real violence, blood, or anything very traumatic. There’s a few scenes of bears having a go at each other but it’s kept to minimum. Anything dramatic or frightening is narrated well enough to keep children reassured that it would certainly end well. It’s all super kid-friendly so no worries of unexpected displays of animals that you probably wouldn’t be ready to discuss to a child.
My daughter told me she learned so much from this movie and really liked it! She’s been going on about the bears and then also about Salmon seen in the movie. She was quite amazed to see Salmon swim upstream! The film is 77 minutes long and I feel that’s a good range in keeping kids engaged. At the credits there’s behind the scenes footage that shows just how close the film markers were to the animals. It was pretty amazing to see! I know we’ll be watching this film again and again. I would highly recommend this film to any bear lover or if you just want to learn more about them.
Bonus features on the Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DMA (Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer) :
- Welcome To Alaska – Journey with the filmmakers into the Alaskan wilds to film Sky and her cubs.
- The Future For The Bears – Experience the thrill of living with the bears during production, and the importance of protecting the wilderness to ensure their survival . . . and our own.
- A Guide To Living With Bears – Learn how the team interacts safely with these magnificent creatures.
- How Did They Film That? – Get an inside look on some of the extreme filmmaking that went into getting shots high in the mountains and under frigid cold water.
- “Carry On” Music Video By Olivia Holt
Bonus feature on the DVD includes: “Carry On” Music Video By Olivia Holt
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