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Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.
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Sincere and unexpectedly good, the film happily reintroduces another element of classic kids' movies: a tidy 77-minute run time.
"Bears" could have used a lot more science; more substantive information in the place of wacky one-liners. Still, the images trump everything.
Bonus points for all but eliminating the easy scatological humor. Does a bear (poop) in the woods? You won't find out watching "Bears."
There are grittier nature documentaries out there, but "Bears" is simple and effective, and delivered with that friendly Disney touch. Its intent is to make you say, "awww," and it does its job well.
All this is heartwarming, in a bloody, ursine-centric way.
Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.
Overall, Bears holds a crossover appeal that should provide legitimate entertainment for the whole family. It's a fantastic documentary of the beautiful world we live in and some of the incredible creatures that live in it.
I'm not suggesting that every nature film narrator should sound like David Attenborough, but John C. Reilly really seems an odd choice.
Not without its contrivances as it caters to younger audiences, "Bears" is a nonetheless earnest, adorable real-life adventure.
With its touching story, beautiful scenery, and stunning camerawork, "Bears" becomes another worthwhile documentary in the Disneynature library.
constructs a compelling narrative out of what must have been an enormous amount of footage, focusing on the age-old trope of the journey to give the bears' plight for survival a sense of sincere thematic heft
"And luckily, the movie does gets out of its own way (eventually) and tells a somewhat engaging, 'true-life' nature tale."
Charming and awe-inspiring, Disneynature continues it's streak of beautifully filmed nature documentaries with this adorable and pleasant look at the lives of a family of three bears. Rating: 82
Disney's latest nature doc follows two bear cubs through their first year of life. Great footage of these magnificent beasts prowling the Alaska wilderness, but the anthropomorphic commentary gets so cutesy you sometimes wish mama bear would go GRIZZLY MAN on narrator John C. Reilly.
I never really know how much to say about these Disneynature films. They are not insufficient enough to call them mild distractions, as the footage is generally great, the voiceovers are fun, and there is enough work done to build a narrative that I can get behind what they have to offer. It generally amounts to having a chance to see animals that kids generally grow up being intrigued by and having a new perspective that can be formed by families, in regards to those animals. African Cats worked for me, as it was neat to see a big screen documentary about lions, with the bonus addition of Samuel L. Jackson providing narration. That film also worked due to the stakes that, manufactured or not, presented a real life depiction of what lions go through. Bears finds a way to create similar stakes, which makes the film effective enough in what ultimately amounts to a large format way to see bears in action.
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