I love animals. All animals. So as you can imagine, I am a huge fan of the Disneynature films and Disneynature Bears is no exception!
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. “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 12-30-13 “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.
Sky is a first-time mom, and raising two tiny cubs on her own can be pretty overwhelming. She’s a strong mother with good instincts, but life on the Alaska Peninsula is tough. It’s up to Sky to protect her cubs as they make a momentous trek to
find the food they’ll need to make it through next winter.
Did you know? Mother bears typically give birth to two or three cubs; a bear’s first litter comes at age 8 or 9, and she’ll nurture the cubs for 3 or 4 years.
Amber is a mama’s girl. This young cub likes to catch a ride on Sky’s broad back or curl up next to her for a cozy nap. Amber’s habit of hanging close to mom might make her look timid, but make no mistake: Amber is watching mom’s every move and learning the tricks to surviving in Alaska. Smart bear.
Scout is all about adventure (typical boy, right?) He’s a curious cub who relishes the new sights, sounds
and smells his family’s journey reveals each day. But Scout’s penchant for exploration gets him into some trouble. Bold is good if you’re a big bear, but little Scout best keep one eye on mom at all times.
Did you know? Only about a third of bear cubs will make it to adulthood.
Magnus is king. He’s the biggest bear in the neighborhood and highly respected. While male bears are typically a threat to young cubs like Amber and Scout; Sky knows that Magnus’ high-ranking status gives him first dibs at every meal, so he’s not likely to bother the young family as long as they keep their distance.
Chinook, an exile from local bear society, is constantly challenged by the other male bears—especially Magnus. A born fighter, Chinook is indignant, vulnerable, hungry—and a surefire threat to Sky and her young cubs.
Tikaani is a mischievous, scheming wolf who spends much of his time lurking in the bears’ shadows. Tikaani fills his belly by stealing fish from unsuspecting bears. But he’s also watching Sky, plotting the best way to outwit the new mother and snatch one of her cubs.
The Raven forms an easy alliance with Sky. The shiny black bird beckons Sky from above, pointing her toward the next meal – and Sky rewards the tips with leftover clams, muscles and fish that the raven could never get on her own.
Disneynature Bears opens today, Earth Day, April 18th 2014.