DisneyNature has been around a few years now introducing kids to the world of nature and wildlife programming with a Disney twist. The films are very much of the National Geographic style and quality, but are narrated tales with the narrators often also providing voices to the animals for a more kid friendly approach. It has worked wonders with the series so far, especially after their big hit from 2012, Chimpanzee. Their latest effort is Bears.
Narrated by John C. Reilly, Bears is the story of Sky, a Grizzly Bear mother in Alaska who must trek through the hostile Alaskan tundra with her two new cubs, Amber and Scout. They are travelling to eventually reach the plentiful salmon run to eat and prepare for a long winter at the end of their journey. The long hike proves to be a valuable training ground for Amber and Scout as the two rascally cubs learn about survival, predators and growing up.
Bears is a refreshing and fun film that combines the beautiful photography of a National Geographic film with the humor and adventure of a Disney family film. John C. Reilly’s excellent narration is light and fun, especially when lending a voice to the more adventurous of the two cubs, Scout. The landscapes are absolutely breathtaking and sumptuously photographed as are the bears themselves. The time and patience it must take to get all of this footage is staggering and impressive. But all the hard work pays off in spades as the journey of this bear family is very intimate and a wonderful journey to witness for the whole family.
The Blu-ray from Disney easily rivals any nature Blu-rays of the past few years. Gorgeous natural color, incredible sharpness, clarity and detail and a solid soundtrack with nice atmospheric surround makes for a fully immersive experience watching this amazing journey of nature. Highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.