Disney Nature has been putting out films on various animals for quite some time. The latest Bears hit theaters just in time for Earth day and has been extra push opening in more theaters with trailers promoting in a variety of movies. Thanks to the success of Chimpanzee this one has hit the theaters as well, but does it deliver the same caliber of entertainment and information as the previous film or will it need to go back into hibernation?
Bears takes an incredibly look at the year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold in a majestic Alaskan backdrop. 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. When going to see one of these kinds of films you pretty much know what you are walking into, yet somehow is still amazing to watch. The idea is simplistic, but to bring this idea to reality is so much more. We as humans take for granted the wildlife around us and seeing these bears as they embark on this journey is nothing short of amazing. Seeing them in their environment and learning to adapt and protect showcases the intelligence that we sometimes forget that this creatures have. You know that there is hardships to animals living in the wild, but seeing what they go through and the obstacles that they are forced to overcome just to live reminds us of the amazing place we live in. While watching the bears lives unfold before you is enough of a visual treat, the cinematography is breathtaking showcasing the vast backdrop that they live in and dwarfs these massive animals bringing them down from the large menacing beasts that we sometimes see and into vulnerable inhabitants to something larger than they are.
This film showcases the fun and cute as well as the sad struggle that is their everyday lives. It is amazing to see the way they adapt and survive against not only the wild, but each other. There is something about seeing an animal do something as simple as open and eat a clam like it is nothing, but with such grace and precision that leaves you speechless. If there is any doubt of the intelligence of wild life on this planet, its movies like this that answers those questions. The story is simple, but the way they have crafted it lets you understand both the scope and importance to what they are trying to do. John C. Reily does a great job bringing the story to life through his narration in a way that keeps the light moments fun as well as making you feel the struggle of those dire moments.
Of all the films that come out all the time, it is films like this that should be the ones that are seen by all. No it doesn’t have the CGI and action sequences or even over the top comedy or drama, yet it brings all of that to the fold to not only take you on a journey through a part of our world that we rarely get to see and reminds us that this is not just our planet. These are blockbuster making films, but ones that should not be missed, so get out there whether you have someone to go with you or not and support this film as it deserves to be seen, will teach you something and the support will hopefully bring more like it to the big screen where they belong.
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