Alastair Fothergill (2014)

U Certificate


Our Score
The importance of family and survival is at the heart of this stylish nature documentary that depicts how a mother bear and her cubs fight for food and safety. Every frame becomes a painting as we follow the ursine unit through stunningly shot Alaskan vistas. But the film's essential mission is to make an accessible, audience-friendly drama documentary, so their journey is boiled down to very simple, relatable principles, with music and humour used to create a charming narrative that makes the experience less dry and academic. We also get a surprisingly effective narrator in actor John C Reilly (Stan & Ollie). While he doesn't have the soothing tones of David Attenborough, he is perfectly placed to comment on the film's lighter moments. By taking the traditional wildlife film and applying a family-friendly twist, Bears manages to be more exciting than most films of its ilk and should be a sure-fire hit for cubs of all ages.


A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as the young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Narrated by John C Reilly.

Cast & Crew

Narrator John C Reilly
Director Alastair Fothergill
Director Keith Scholey
Director Adam Chapman

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt Disney