5 Reasons to See Disney’s “Bears” Movie with Kids

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My family laughed, cried and said, “Aww!” when we watched a preview of Disneynature’s Bears last week. This incredible nature-focused film opens in theaters today, April 18, 2014. From nature education and appreciation to all-out fun, here are five reasons to see the Disney Bears movie with kids.

5 reasons to see Disney Bears movie with kids

1. Nature education and appreciation

Bears follows the life of a mama bear and her two adorable young cubs, a boy named Scout and a girl named Amber. Children and adults get a rare glimpse into the lives of bears, and even into their winter den. (Some daring cinematographers shot this movie!) Humans typically see bears as either a terrifying animal to be feared or something cute to regard at the zoo or to snuggle as a teddy bear. This movie gives a balanced, realistic view of these massive animals. We see that bears can indeed be fearsome, with male bears stalking the cubs as a potential food source and sparring with one another over the best spot at the salmon stream. We also see them as playful, hard-working and loving when the mama bear cuddles her cubs and protects her family. 

Scratch that itch!

“Bears” isn’t just educational, it’s a whole lot of fun, too!

2. Just plain fun

The best way to learn something is through doing something fun. I don’t care how educational a movie is; if it’s boring, no one’s going to learn a thing. I worried that Bears would be too fact-driven to hold the attention of my school-aged children. Have no fear of lack of fun, this is a Disney movie, after all! The film is brought to life by narrator John C. Reilly, a comedian and actor who has appeared in such films as The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby with Will Ferrell. His commentary shapes the movie into an intriguing story filled with humor, danger and “Aww!” moments.

Life isn't always easy for bears

Life isn’t always easy for bears

3. Life lessons

This is a story of bravery and perseverance. Important life lessons children can learn from Bears: never give up; listen to your mom; don’t dawdle or you could get lost; and mom is the best hero. (The last lesson is my favorite!) Capitalize on these lessons by talking about what the cubs did right or wrong after the movie, and asking your kids what they would do in those situations if they were bear cubs.

Bears gives kids a bigger view of the world. My daughter complained later in the day about how bad her feet hurt and how she never gets her way and I said, “Boy, life is almost as tough for you as a bear, huh? They had to walk all the way up the mountain in the snow and risk getting eaten by other bears and wolves.” Aaaand the whining stopped.

Disney Bears Movie

Mama bear is always there for her cubs

4. Alaska’s beauty

For travel lovers like me, seeing Alaska’s majestic beauty on a big screen is worth the price of a movie ticket. Bears shows the wonder of Alaska’s four seasons, from the power of an avalanche in winter, to the blossoming of fire weed in spring, to salmon swimming upstream in summer, to the changing of leaves in fall. My family embarked on a 7-night Alaskan cruise this summer and got our first taste of this vast, gorgeous state. In fact, seeing a bear in the wild was the whole reason I wanted to go to Alaska in the first place! Bears has me longing to back for more.

Disneynature is donating a portion of opening-week ticket sales for Bears to the National Park Foundation

Disneynature is donating a portion of opening-week ticket sales for “Bears” to the National Park Foundation

5. Support wildlife conservation

Disneynature is donating a portion of opening-week ticket sales for Bears to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. This organization protects wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system. So…hurry…go see Bears this week! If you miss opening week, you can always donate to the National Park Foundation to ensure bears and other wildlife are protected for years to come.

My cubs at the Disney Bears movie preview

My cubs at the “Bears” movie preview (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

What to know before you go

Some scenes in Bears could be frightening for young or sensitive children, although my 6-year-old and 9-year-old seemed less scared than I was! I think this may be because they knew it was a Disney movie and therefore thought no harm could come to the bears. Bring some tissues; there may be tears!

Do you plan to see the Disney Bears movie with kids? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: My family and I saw Bears free of charge as part of the Disney Social Media Moms conference. All opinions are mine, as always.

All photos and clips provided by Disney unless otherwise noted.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. After seeing the movie our son, who won’t eat anything, said I want to eat salmon! I guess he wants to be like the bears…

  2. Allison says

    Our family enjoys seeing the Disney Nature movies every year, and we look forward to seeing this one soon!

  3. Wandering Educators says

    I so want to see this – it looks amazing!

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