Synopsis: In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. "Bears" captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses-Alaska!
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman (co-director)
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

In the dark

depths of winter,

a mother listens

to the first sounds

of her brand

new baby cubs.

Let's call this

mama bear "Sky. "

And her cubs are

Scout and Amber.

Hi, little guys.

They say the first year

of parenting is the hardest.

Sky will soon learn that,

for bears,

it's nearly impossible.

Almost half

of all bear cubs

don't survive

their first year.

But for now,

deep inside the den,

they're safe.

It's warm and comfy.

And after an entire

winter together,

it probably smells

pretty bad.

Sky worked hard

last summer,

eating over 90 pounds

of fish a day,

to store up enough fat

to last through

these early months.

But now she's hungry,

and if she doesn't

eat soon,

the milk her cubs

need will dry up.

There's a long, dangerous

journey ahead of them.

Sky needs to get her cubs

down to the coast,

and she hopes that the salmon

will be plentiful this summer.

But there's no guarantee.

Little Scout and Amber's

survival depends on it.

Okay, cuddle

time is over.

These bears need

to get on the move.

This is the story of their

incredible first year.

What an amazing place

to take your first steps.

These little cubs will

have to be brave

from the second their paws

touch the snow.

This is the Alaska Peninsula.

With over five

million acres

of protected

national parkland,

it's home to thousands

of brown bears.

Five months ago,

Sky climbed these mountains

to dig her den.

But now, they're her

biggest obstacle.

They've got to get

all the way across these

frozen mountains

before they'll find even

the first hint of food.

Sky is clearly delighted

to be free of the smelly den.

"Wait up, Mom!"

Maybe a little too delighted.

Nothing like a mother's

gentle touch.

Like a lot of new moms,

Sky doesn't have patience

for dawdling.

"Come here, you.

Come here. "

"Yikes, Mom!

Not the teeth!"


This doesn't hurt

little Scout, but still...

Sky has a bit to learn

when it comes to parenting.

Life was certainly easier when

she was just a single bear.

Now, she can only go

as fast as her cubs.

"Come on, you guys. "

She has good reason

to dish out a little tough love.

They have got an awful lot

of ground to cover.

And with every passing day,

the journey will

only get harder.

A walk in the warm sun

on a bright, spring day

may seem like fun,

but that warmth

starts the melt.

The snow that sheltered

them through the winter

becomes a deadly enemy.


These massive monsters

reach speeds of up

to 80 miles an hour.

A wall of snow and ice

barreling over everything

in its path.

Sky and the cubs

were lucky this time,

but it's a good reminder

that they need to stay moving.

Amber's found a smart way

to keep up with her mom,

just hitch a ride.

Just gotta get

that toe in there.

There we go.

But Scout, being the

more adventurous one,

decides to explore

at his own pace.

They've been traveling

for over a week now,

and the climb is

only getting steeper.

As they climb their

final mountain,

Scout and Amber

try their best,

but it sure isn't easy.

They're finding themselves

a little on top of each other.

They've made it

to the summit.

The coast is now

within sight.

It's downhill all the

way from here.

The winter snow has melted

down by the Alaskan coast,

and all that green

offers the promise

of something to eat.

A quiet meadow.

Time for a little rest.

Amber's certainly

taking it easy.

This is one cub who really

likes staying close to mom.

But Scout acts like he's too

old to be carried around.

Bear rides are for babies.

Scout can't believe

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Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill (born 10 April 1960) is a British producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the series producer of the series The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006) and the co-director of the associated feature films Deep Blue and Earth. Born in London, Fothergill attended Orley Farm School & Harrow School. He studied zoology at St Cuthbert's Society in the University of Durham and made his first film, On the Okavango, while still a student. Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and David Attenborough's The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the Unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced Attenborough's award-winning series Life in the Freezer. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award in 1996.In June 1998, he stood down as head of the Natural History Unit to concentrate on his work as series producer on the multi-award-winning The Blue Planet. In 2006 he completed his next major series Planet Earth. More recently he was executive producer of Frozen Planet (2011) and The Hunt (2015). He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss and is the author of three books. He was awarded the "Clean Energy Award" by BMW during the Cinema for Peace award ceremony on 11 February 2008. In 2008, he signed a multi-picture deal with newly formed Disneynature, and now spends six months each year on sabbatical from the BBC developing feature documentaries as an independent producer. The first two titles under the Disneynature deal had been, for now, African Cats (2011), Bears (2014) and Chimpanzee (2012), co-directed with Keith Scholey and Mark Linfield respectively. In 2016, Fothergill was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society for his work in natural history programming.Fothergill currently lives in Bristol with his wife Melinda and his two sons, Hamish and William. more…

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