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Family Movie Review: Bears (G)

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MPAA Rating: G           Length: 77 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 6+. The film follows a mother bear and her two cubs as they try to find food before they need to hibernate again; along the way, there are various dangers in the forms of other animals who want to eat the cubs, such as alpha male bears and wolves. Some fighting between bears including growling, clawing at each other, and chasing; bears and wolves eating fish and fighting over fish bones; and the possibility that the mother bear or her cubs may die.

Disneynature has made a pattern of releasing an environmentally aware documentary each Earth Day, and this year we get ‘Bears.’ As narrated by John C. Reilly, the film is more goofy than you might expect, but the visuals are as stunning as you could hope for.

By Roxana Hadadi

It must be difficult for Disneynature to figure out what tone to set with their Earth Day documentaries each year. 2011’s “African Cats” shocked families when it included a scene of a two cheetah cubs disappearing into the night, theoretically eaten by hyenas, as the mother cheetah despaired over being unable to find them. On the other end of the spectrum, 2012’s “Chimpanzee” was narrated by comedian Tim Allen and had more of a silly tone; even though a mother chimpanzee died in that film, you’ll remember Allen’s jokes. And “Bears,” Disneynature’s latest, seems to follow Allen’s lead, with narrator John C. Reilly becoming increasingly goofy as the film moves forward. That certainly doesn’t take away from the powerful, engaging visuals, but it may be only your kids who laugh at Reilly’s antics, not you.

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