The movie: Bears (Disneynature)
When it’s in theatres: April 18, 2014
What it’s about: Well, it’s about bears, of course. Three bears, in fact: mama bear, Sky, and her two cubs, Amber and Scout. This incredible cinematic journey takes us through the first year of the cubs’ lives as they make their way across an Alaskan mountain range to feast on the salmon that will fatten them up to survive their first winter. If they make it that far. We learn how few brown bears in the wild make it beyond their first year, and see some of its friends and foes along the way. A stunningly terrifying avalanche and the threat of its own kind are just two of the obstacles we meet during Bears.
What The K Man said: “The parts where the bears were fighting were awesome!” (But he was generally not that interested during the other 90 per cent of the movie when the bears weren’t fighting.)
What Miss Q said: “I liked it when the baby bears were playing in the snow. But I was scared of the fighting parts.” (She was intrigued and engulfed in Bears from beginning to end; but she was too scared to keep her eyes on the screen during the fight scenes.)
The verdict? While Bears gets a “G” rating, you need to know that if your child is usually scared of fighting animals, there are about four significant fight scenes between two very large bears with rather big teeth. But if you can just do head-in-the-armpit snuggles to get through it, you and your kids will get to see a gem of a film. Phenomenal scenery, it was a constant reminder of the fragility of life and the amazing miracle of the circle of life.