Disneynature's new film, "Bears" opens Earth Day, April 18

Disneynature Bears

When my family is at a Disney park, we mean business. Every minute is precious, so there aren't many things that can entice my kids away from enjoying the rides and attractions.

Apparently, a movie is one of them. Well, not just any movie: a special preview of Disneynature's new movie, Bears. It opens this weekend, April 18, but we got to see it ahead of schedule as part of last weekend's Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.
Disneynature Bears at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2014
I was actually surprised that the kids said they wanted to watch the movie. I thought they would prefer to spend time in the parks, and watch the movie along with the rest of the country. I guess I underestimated the magic of a Disneynature film! We've watched almost every Disneynature film since Earth opened in 2007. The cinematography is gorgeous, and there's no better way to celebrate Earth Day than by learning more about our planet and the creatures that live in it.

In a nutshell, Bears tells the story of a mama bear, Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, in the cubs' first year of life. I don't want to get into the details of the plot or the characters because I don't want to spoil the surprises. I will, however, reveal the biggest surprise of all: how much I enjoyed the movie.
Disneynature Bears at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2014

Bears is so much more than a beautiful documentary of bears and other creatures in the Alaskan wilderness. Disney has woven their usual magic and turned these animals into characters with a story and a purpose. I didn't think I would relate to a real life bear, but I found that I could totally relate to Sky. She's a parent who would do anything and suffer anything for her children. Sky could totally be one of my besties (or should I say beasties)!Some of the interactions between mom and cubs were downright human-like! So were some of the mannerisms and expressions that the film crew managed to capture. They did a wonderful job with this movie and I highly recommend it.
Disneynature Bears at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2014

Trust me, if my kids deemed Bears worthy of missing a ride on the Tower of Terror and California Screaming, you can bet it's a great movie.
Disneynature Bears at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2014

About the movie
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 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.

Help Disneynature donate to the National Park Foundation
For everyone who sees Disneynature's Bears on opening week (April 18-24, 2014), Disneynature will contribute $0.20 per ticket, to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect wildlife and wild places, with a minimum of $100,000.

Win an Adventures By Disney trip to Yellowstone
Disney is giving your family the chance to take your own incredible journey through Wyoming’s great “wide open,” including Yellowstone National Park! Discover more about the 7 Day/6 Night vacation at http://nature.disney.com/bears/sweepstakes and enter for your chance to win!

Photo Credit: all photos courtesy of Josh Hallett

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration which included an advanced screening of the movie Bears. The conference fee I paid included discounted lodging and park tickets for me and my family. I was not asked or required to blog about the conference or any of its sponsors. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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