Theatrical Release: April 18, 2014
DVD Release: August 12, 2014


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 pack. “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 “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

Dove Review

“Bears” is a picturesque movie that the entire family can enjoy! Filmed in the mountains of The Alaska Peninsula, the snowy mountains and greenery of the meadows, not to mention the salmon running in the water, are all examples of the glorious nature scenes captured by the camera. Oh, and there is a terrific story in addition.

John C. Reilly narrates the story of Sky, a mother bear, her two cubs, Amber and Scout, her trek across the mountain in search of food, her defense of her cubs from a wolf and other bears, and her courageous care of her cubs. The camera catches playful scenes of the two cubs riding her back across the stream, Amber riding on her mother’s rear as she walks, and a scene featuring romantic music as a male bear pursues a female. Another humorous scene shows the bears scratching their itches with their paws or scratching themselves against branches. The breathtaking scenes and story will keep your entire family’s interest. We are happy to award this G-rated film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. “Bears” is a movie that entertains and delights!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: We see bears fight one another and eat fish; one bear has a bloody mouth from eating fish; bears eat clams; a wolf and another bear pursu the cubs but there are no graphic scenes.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: The cubs are in danger on a few occasions but everything turns out all right.


Company: Disney
Director: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey
Producer: Daniel Hassid
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 77 min.
Industry Rating: G
Starring: John C. Reilly (Narrator)
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter