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Bears is the newest documentary from Disneynature, the division of Disney producing kid-friendly nature documentaries of an epic scale annually for Earth Day. These films, including Chimpanzees and Wings of Life, are many children’s very first introduction to wildlife and nature. Behind the scenes, Disneynature is making a tremendous contribution to global nature and wildlife conservation efforts.
For me, the most important part of the conservation effort is educating children about wildlife and nature. This education feeds into a lifelong interest in nature and a desire to protect it.
Bears chronicles the epic journey of Alaskan brown bear Sky, who just wants to be a “good mom” to her adorable cubs Scout and Amber. Sky’s struggle is to get from her den in the mountains to the coast, where she seems to search in vain for the salmon she so desperately needs in order to produce milk for her cubs. The journey is touching, harrowing, and at times heartbreaking.
Without giving anything away, it’s safe to say that this G-rated documentary has a happy ending. Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey show kids that nature can be a scary place, but they ultimately diffuse these scenes with a reassuring conclusion to all the dangerous situations the bears encounter. John C. Reilly’s at times corny narration is absolutely perfect for helping young kids be able to relate to the bears.
Bears features incredible photography, whether it’s majestic landscapes, stunning underwater shots, or details of the bear cubs interacting with their mama.
Hands down, Sky deserves mother of the year in my book.
Reel Mama’s recommendation: This documentary is appropriate for all ages, but designed for kids five to ten. My preschooler did want to cover her eyes during a few of the intense scenes. (You can learn about these scenes at Common Sense Media.)
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