Set in Alaska, Disneynature's newest documentary follows a family of brown bears as they forage for food at the end of winter.
During the summer months, Mama Sky and her two cubs Amber and Scout have to find enough food to produce fat to last through the upcoming hibernation season. Salmon provides the most fat and the bears spend months searching for that delectable prize.
She brings the cubs to all of her usual haunts. Amber stays close to mama usually hitching a ride on top of her large body, but Scout is the more adventuresome and will wander off to get in trouble from time to time. He gets caught in water when the tide is coming in and is likely to stop for a nap when he's supposed to be close by. In one of the cutest scenes, Scout gets a clam caught on the end of his paw. No matter how much he tries to shake it off, the darn thing seems to be attached for good.
Sky teaches her cubs to catch fish, dig for clams and unearth mussels hidden under rocks. The salmon is far away and the travel there holds some danger for the bears. A wolf named Chinook follows them to each feeding area, waiting for a chance to grab one of the cubs, but an alert Sky is always one step ahead him, so the cubs are safe.
Thankfully, there are few scenes that parents have to worry about protecting their young children from. Besides the wolf lurking about, there's Magnus, the largest bear that the trio encounters, who sends a couple of mean looks their way and has a fight with another large bear, but it ends before any blood is shed.
The film is narrated by John C. Reilly, who has a pleasant voice and adds a bit of humor when talking about the cubs.
Co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the photography is beautiful. An avalanche, a wolf that sneaks up behind a bear and steals part of his fish and the cubs learning how to dig for clams are just a few of the terrific scenes that are captured. But, the most spectacular is watching hundreds of salmon working their way upstream only to be caught in the open mouths of bears precariously perched on rocks above them. Bears is a perfect film for the whole family.