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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Some tense moments in Disney's nature documentary.

Movie G 2014 86 minutes
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Great for kids!

My 5 year old son loved it. He learned a lot, though he also knew a bit about bears already; seeing the actual behaviors was the real lesson here. Fair warning: the large, male bears are pretty scary, there is a menacing wolf, and plenty of salmon get torn to shreds. Adults with any knowledge of bears probably won’t learn much, but it’s beautiful to look at and therefore very much worth the time to watch with your child.

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Veteran Disneynature filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey know what they're doing with nature documentaries. They have an amazing team of cinematographers who can take incredible shots that are either so close that you can see individual strands of wet fur on the bears' bodies or so large-scale that you get a breathtaking view of Alaska. The Bears footage took a year to complete, and like all of the pair's documentaries, the cinematography is unforgettably beautiful.

As for the narration, Reilly is game for the funnier lines without being overwhelming with the hammy humor. His voice lends itself perfectly to switching between factual statements and corny comments about the bears acting like humans. The story celebrates the relationship between a mother bear and her cubs, and it's compelling -- and sometimes intense -- to watch. So just make sure you have kids who can handle potentially dangerous scenes, or they might end up worried about the cubs instead of caught up in the whimsy.

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