Review by: Matt Cummings
Of all the divisions of Disney, one might forget to mention their documentary arm called DisneyNature. Producers and distributors of African Cats, Chimpanzees and Oceans, the company has put together an uneven library aimed mostly at the young ones. Their newest release Bears doesn't get it quite right, but the photography and its lighthearted nature might eventually win you over.
Even with these issues, Bears eventually wins us over. Its goofy antics and light-hearted nature might be DisneyNature's best yet. For every cute and cuddly moment of Amber clinging to Sky, we get the ugly slobbering bear, the hunting bear, and the constant challenges nature throws at them. Its message is powerful without standing on a soapbox to do so, which should keep kids returning to it over the years.
Disney's Bears doesn't quite make it as a documentary for adults, filling it with imagined threats to keep us awake. This is a film for the youngest in your family, who will probably find themselves ensconced in familiar themes of love and devotion to mom (sorry guys, there's no dad here), while dramatic avalanches occur right next to Sky. That's the value behind Bears, capturing nature in its rawest form, and one that eventually wins us over. See this on the biggest screen you can to take advantage of the gorgeous vistas, but be prepared for a little docu-drama along the way.
Disney's Bears is rated G and has a runtime of 78 minutes.
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