Disneynature’s “Bears” Coming April 18, 2014

This post will contain all the official photos and releases from Disneynature’s Bears to be released on Earth Day, 2014.  Prepare for a wild adventure with Disneynature’s Bears, in theaters on April 18, 2014.  Bears cozies up to the brown bears of Alaska, showcasing their stunning habitat and revealing how these animals are far from grizzly creatures.  Disneynature’s Bears follows two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.  Continue reading for all the news, images, and trailers for Disneynature’s Bears.

Update August 18, 2013

Poster and trailer released for Disneynature’s Bears, and details of Disneynature conservation program unveiled.

Disneynature's BEARS

Disneynature shared plans this week surrounding its newest big-screen adventure “Bears,” which hits theaters April 18, 2014.  The program SEE “BEARS,” PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS invites moviegoers to see the film during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) and Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system.  Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons against an incredible Alaskan backdrop.

Disneynature's BEARS

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“We can’t wait to share these bears’ fascinating behaviors and innate curiosity as they navigate a beautiful but challenging world,” said Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios.  “We are committed to protecting the environment and inspiring Disneynature fans to take part in conservation by joining forces with organizations like the National Park Foundation to preserve the natural world.”

Disneynature's BEARS

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From habitat protection and research to utilizing technology to protect park wildlife, the program contains a number of initiatives, all aimed to support the mission of the National Park Service, which turns 97 this month.

“America’s national parks are home to a vast and stunning array of wildlife, including approximately 400 endangered species,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We are proud to team with Disney, a dedicated supporter of our national parks, to invite moviegoers everywhere to join us as we work to ensure that our nation’s most treasured places, and all that they protect, thrive for generations to come.”

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Original post from April 3, 2013 follows below…

Disneynature BEARS

A young adult male bear watches intently as other bears fish for salmon, as storm clouds build over Katmai National Park, Alaska. ©Disneynature

From Disneynature’s Press Release

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.  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 bear families must work together to find food — ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run — while staying safe from 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 — where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness.


A teenage bear rests next to her mother, in the meadows of Katmai National Park, Alaska. ©Disneynature


Keith Scholey (“African Cats”) and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and Chimpanzee) direct an epic story of breathtaking scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life.  This shooting location provides some of the most spectacular visuals ever for a Disneynature film.

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(L-R) Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


“Our commitment to the production of Disneynature films is to capture nature on its own terms and its own schedule.  These films are never rushed so that we can tell never-before-seen stories in our natural world that both astound and charm audiences,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios.  “Disneynature’s next adventure Bears promises to continue this storytelling tradition by introducing audiences to a phenomenal variety of wildlife and offering rare glimpses into the day-to-day lives of these incredible animals.”


Bears is currently in production in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, and is the fifth release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.  The first four releases under the Disneynature label—Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee — are among the top five highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.  Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including Seal Island (1948), Beaver Valley (1950), The Living Desert (1953) and Jungle Cat (1958).  The films earned eight Academy Awards.

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