Sink Your Teeth into Bears, an Inspirational Tale of Survival #DisneynatureBears #MeetTheCubs

#MeetTheCubs Scout and Amber! Photo: Disney

#MeetTheCubs Scout and Amber! Photo: Disney

During my LA Blogging Adventure last month, we sat through a lot of movie and TV show screenings. One of the most surprising of the bunch was Disneynature’s Bears, out in theaters today.

I love animals, as does my wife. She’s addicted to just about any animal show on TV, whether its the cute cuddly variety or the stuff of nightmares like the trapdoor spider. Shudder.

Me? Yeah, I’m all for the more huggable type. So I was definitely ready for some warm and fuzzies when the lights went down and Bears started up.

Bears tells the story of loving momma Bear Sky and her two newborn cubs Amber and Scout, during the cubs first year of life in the harsh Alaskan wilderness. We see the little buggers as itty bitty little critters and then watch them take their first tumble in the snow.

The movie is a beautiful film both visually and just in the story it tells of the adversaties Sky and her cubs face throughout that long first year. Sure, they’re bears. Bears are big, tough, ferocious creatures. But cubs are still real small and weak and need loads of protecting. So danger lurks at every corner, with starvation knocking on the door regularly.

There’s a reason we have the phrase, “Nobody messes with a momma Bear protecting her cub!”


Photo: Disney

Narrating the film is Wreck It Ralph himself, John C. Riley. He does a great job of gently telling the story and introducing the curious cubs to the world. There’s just something real soothing about his voice that perfectly fits the theme and attitude of Bears.

What really blew my mind, though, was the cinematography. It’s breathtakingly beautiful to see the snow, the mountains, the rivers, the bears and everything else. But, as is shown during the credits, the camera crew got insanely close to the bears during filming. Like practically spitting distance! (Note: I highly recommend not spitting at bears!)


Photo: Disney

I won’t spoil the movie and tell you which (if any) of the three main bears make it to safety by film’s end. I will say that Bears is an incredibly inspirational movie for adults and kids of all ages. It’s amazing to think we share this incredible planet with creatues as powerful and majestic as them. It’s also amazing to see such a pure force of nature act so gentle toward its own offspring.

I can’t wait to take Allie and the boys to see Bears in the theater. Maybe after seeing the obstacles that Amber and Scout have to overcome, my boys won’t be so quick to complain about cleaning their rooms anymore!

Disneynature Bears:

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 “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. 

Be sure to get your paws on one of these adorable plush Amber or Scout bears! In fact, The Disney Store will contribute $1 to the National Park Foundation for every BEARS plush purchased between now and 5/11/14.

Amber Bears #MeetTheCubs

Buy Amber



Buy Scout

You can also get your hands on a some really neat DODOcase featuring a custom BEARS design!  This limited-edition collection supports the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPhone 5/5S cases, and features  a custom BEARS design. What’s more, 20% of each sale will go directly to the National Park Foundation.

Bears DODOCase #DisneynatureBears

DODOCase Limited-Edition BEARS Collection



Disneynature Bears in theaters now!

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21 Responses
  • Danielle D
    May 10, 2014

    Living in Alaska has made us feel so blessed to see these animals in our state, we can’t wait to see this movie! Much safer than running into them in real life!!

  • Quilting Tangent
    May 10, 2014

    The bear movie looks like it would be interesting.

  • Brandi Bradley
    April 25, 2014

    My son loves animals, he is really going to enjoy this show.

  • Crystal H
    April 22, 2014

    These bears look soooo cute! I wish I could own one. I am most defiantly watching this movie.

  • Sharon
    April 22, 2014

    I enjoyed your review of Disneynature’s Bears, so very much! I have been wanting to see this since the first clip aired on TV. I am both an animal and nature lover, so this film is on my must see list. I can also appreciate that it is a true story and that anything can happen in nature. The Alaskan location looks awesome as well. Since you very thoughtfully didn’t include any spoilers, I can now go see it with hopeful optimism about the ending too. Thanks for an honest and good review!

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 22, 2014

      Hi, Sharon! Why thank you so much for the great comment! I’m glad you’re excited to see this one. The cinematography really is breathtaking. And be sure to stay through the credits to see lots of behind-the-scenes footage. It’s solo crazy how close those cameramen got to the actual animals!

  • Darlene Schuller
    April 22, 2014

    I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s all my 16 year old has been talking about! Thank you for such an up close review, I certainly wouldn’t entertain the idea of spitting at bears either :).

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 22, 2014

      Hey, Darlene! Thanks for the nice comments! Hope you and your teen enjoy it!

  • Lynne
    April 22, 2014

    My 8th grade niece and my 5 year old nephew are very excited to go see Bears. I didn’t realize Disney was selling a bear to go with the movie (seriously, what was wrong with me, how could I not know there would be merchandising tie-ins?) and I appreciate that they are donating a portion of the proceeds to the NPF – might have to pick up a couple of those and save them for upcoming birthdays……

  • Karen Propes
    April 21, 2014

    I want see This movie so bad, we love bears, and my Granddaughter is so excited to see it also.

  • Kelly
    April 21, 2014

    Disney has amazing movies, although I have never heard of this one, thanks for the post, it’s now on our to watch list 😀

  • Heidi Embrey
    April 21, 2014

    Disney has been putting out a lot of great movies lately! My kids really want to see this..

  • Stephanie LaPlante
    April 19, 2014

    This movie sounds both beautiful and interesting. I love bears!!!
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  • vickie couturier
    April 19, 2014

    those stuffed bears are so cute,,this sounds like just the kind of movie my grandsons would enjoy,they love animals

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 19, 2014

      I think super cool Grandma Vickie needs to take her grandsons to see it!

  • Janet W.
    April 19, 2014

    Those plush stuffed animals are darling! My grandsons would love those. This looks like the cutest movie. Really looking forward to seeing it!

  • ellen beck
    April 19, 2014

    Disney does such a good job with nature films. I am always amazed how close they get to potentially dangerous animals. And nope I wouldnt get close to a Momma with cubs!

  • Julie Wood
    April 18, 2014

    I am like your wife. I love animal movies and shows and love to watch them. I like the new Disney Nature Bears movie that is out now. I want to go see it, and I think it will be fascinating to see these bears out in the wild!

  • Anne Taylor
    April 18, 2014

    I can’t wait to take my grandkids to see this film! It looks so beautiful and I’m sure educational in many ways

  • Sandy VanHoey
    April 18, 2014

    Disney movies are always so good. The color and photography is great. This would be a great movie for the family

  • Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog)
    April 18, 2014

    I can’t wait to share with movie with my family and friends.
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