On Monday, Princess D and I got to see an advance screening of Disneynature’s newest big-screen adventure, Bears. This breathtaking movie follows an Alaska brown bear family coming out of hibernation as winter comes to an end and they must journey down the mountain to find food.

Disneynature's Bears

Directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats), along with a team of talented photographers and filed assistants, spent 2 years filming in Katmai National Park and Preserve and Hallo Bay. The park naturalist guides provided insights to the bears and wolves behaviors so that photographers were able to position themselves and let the animals move as close as they wanted. They were able to capture interactions between wolves and bears fishing, the mother bear nursing her cubs, and underwater shots of bears swimming with salmon.

Filming Disneynature's Bears

First time mother, Sky, must protect her cubs Amber and Scout from the dangers of the Alaskan Peninsula. They face avalances as Spring warms the snow, hungry predators and the changing weather.

John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph) narrated the entire film and brought out the personality of little Scout. The curious cub is a typical boy exploring his new world and occassionally getting into a bit of trouble. One of my favorite scenes is when Scout gets a claw stuck in a fairly large clam.

The relationship between Sky and Amber reminds me of my relationship with Princess D. Amber is a mama’s girl. She sticks close to her mom, even riding on her back. She pays close attention to every move her mom makes learning the tricks to surviving in Alaska.

Disneynature’s BEARS

Adults will really appreaciate seeing the great Alaska Peninsula on an IMAX screen while children will love the adventurous story and adorable cubs. Get your kids excited to see Bears with these downloadable fun activity sheets, word searches and masks.

Disneynature’s Bears is in theaters today! To celebrate Earth Day, if you see the film during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system.

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