disneynature ‘bears’ thumbs-up preview
‘Bears’ (Disneynature, Silverback Films) premiers at theaters Earth Day, April 18th and nature enthusiasts have good reasons to go see this 86 minute film. First is the track record of the co-directors, Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee, African Cats, Frozen Planet) and Keith Scholey (Chimpanzee, African Cats). Fothergill splits his time between the BBC and making bluechip films for Disneynature. Scholey also once headed the BBC Natural History Unit for David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals Series (BBC) and recently co-produced the North America TV Series (Discovery Channel, Christine Weber).
In addition to high expectations from talented directors, the Official Disneynature ‘Bears’ trailer offers proof that these two aren’t about to disappoint legions of followers. The family-friendly storyline focuses on mother bear’s struggles to survive in the wilderness with a wolf that’s never out of the bears’ minds.
Teacher’s should take this one in too and take advantagee of the free educational guide with over 100 pages of lessons and activities for grades 2-6. I’ve been recommending this educational product to teachers and parents considering my nature author school visits.
Check back for related articles over the coming weeks, including a critical review and backstories about the Alaska wilderness shooting location in Katmai National Park and Bristol, England as the hub of bluechip nature filmmaking.