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Movie review: ‘Bears’ serves a soft view of nature
First Published Apr 17 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Apr 17 2014 04:25 pm

Like its predecessor "Chimpanzee," the new DisneyNature documentary "Bears" is a frustrating juxtaposition of stunning nature footage and dumbed-down narration.

Here, directors Alistair Fothergill and Kevin Scholey go to the Alaskan wilderness to follow a mama brown bear coming out of hibernation with her two cubs.

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Opens Friday, April 18, at theaters everywhere; rated G; 77 minutes.

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The narrator, John C. Reilly, dubs the mother Sky and the cubs Scout and Amber, as the film shows us the struggles Sky has finding plentiful food so she can produce milk for the cubs. The bears must climb down from their mountain den, search for food on the muddy coast, and avoid the big male bears and an opportunistic grey wolf.

Reilly’s narration goes for the cute and cuddly, downplaying the rough-and-tumble of the wild — unless you count the slaughter of salmon. Kids end up learning not only about nature but the meaning of the word "anthropomorphize."

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