The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America




For many indigenous peoples, the bear symbolizes grounding forces and strength. It has been revered for centuries as a powerful figure, inspiring those who need courage to stand up to adversity. Some of these qualities are revealed in Bears, the fourth film in the Disneynature series.

Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, this beautifully crafted documentary focuses on how a mother bear and her two babies successfully navigate the dangerous first year of the cubs’ lives. It’s a delight to watch the playfulness of the two little ones, but all is not fun and games. The family has to avoid predators, including larger bears and a wolf, while hunting for enough fish to sustain them through the next winter. This family film does justice to both the joy and suspense of their incredible journey through the wilderness (Walt Disney Pictures, G).


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