Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking and produced an astounding 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960. Out of those 13 films, eight of them earned Academy Awards. Disneynature was launched in early 2008 with a mission to continue the Walt Disney legacy by bringing the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen. The first four Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disney’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference.
The next movie in line is Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears,” which showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two 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 pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.
Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters in time for Earth Day on April 18, 2014.
Take a look at the fantastic new trailer for the film: