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Polar Bear

PG 2022 1h 24m Documentary Kids & Family Nature List
74% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 67% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Disneynature's "Polar Bear" tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today. Read More Read Less
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Stephen Romei The Australian This 85-minute documentary is a beautifully filmed introduction to a majestic animal. Rated: 3/5 Apr 22, 2022 Full Review Claire Shaffer New York Times To its credit, “Polar Bear” isn’t just playing in the snow; there’s a very conscious through-line of conservation, highlighting how climate change has negatively affected the Arctic’s ecosystem... Apr 22, 2022 Full Review Betsy Sherman Arts Fuse The directing team of Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, and writer David Fowler, have deftly assembled a story that has psychological complexity as well as relevance to discussions about the environment. May 5, 2022 Full Review Jennifer Green Common Sense Media The majestic footage of the Arctic alone is worth your time in this documentary. Rated: 4/5 May 3, 2022 Full Review Robin Holabird Robin Holabird The team follows their subject closely but unobtrusively, catching behaviors ranging from playing to hunting. Apr 29, 2022 Full Review Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews What should be a much stronger indictment against climate change is primarily an anthropomorphic treatment of the tiny family of white bruins and falls far short of its message potential. Rated: C+ Apr 29, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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nico b Beautifully filmed, heartfelt, and intense when necessary, Polar Bear adds another well-made documentary to the Disneynature catalog while also telling a sweet and thought-provoking story about family! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing movie! Must save the polar bears!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review ranny l Have you ever watched a film that left you filled with so much emotion that it rendered you speechless? Disneynature's new Earth Day film Polar Bear has done just that. As a huge advocate for nature, I appreciate this film so much and truly believe that this just may be the film that inspires us all to create the environmental change that can save our planet. This nature documentary follows the life journey of a mother polar bear and her two cubs. This brave mother navigates through some of the roughest and most dangerous ecosystems on our planet while teaching her cubs all about survival. Environmental changes over the years, however, have negatively impacted these ice bears resulting in an even greater struggle for existence. If these creatures are to survive in this modern world, they must learn to adapt and to pass new survival skills to their offspring which we are able to witness in Polar Bear. Although the film is so heartfelt and difficult to watch at times, its footage is exactly what we need for a call to action because it creates awareness. If people are unaware of the causes and consequences of climate change, we can't fix it. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson have created a masterpiece filled with the most breathtaking scenes with each one serving to educate viewers. The cinematography is so captivating, and I especially love the aerial footage. Actor Catherine Keener adds a special touch to the film with her first-person narration of the female cub who shares how the memories of growing up alongside her courageous mother helped to shape her own motherhood. The message in Polar Bear is about conservation awareness and a need for global commitment to make change. I'm hoping that this film's message inspires others to think more about nature and what would happen if ecosystems were lost forever. Polar Bear also sends the message of the importance of strong family bonds and how for some species, these bonds are critical for survival. I give Polar Bear 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Adults, especially nature lovers, will also love this film. Polar Bear begins streaming exclusively on Disney+ on Earth Day, April 22, 2022. Mark your calendars and spread the word, this is a film that you don't want to miss! By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This show might not be too bad, but the narrator is atrocious. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Jacob M Such a good movie. Polar bear on top. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/26/22 Full Review Audience Member It was a really enjoyable and very entertaining Disneynature film. It had very well done cinematography, really great characters, really wonderful narration, really fantastic adventure, really good humor, really phenomenal drama, really wondrous music and a very great story. In my opinion, I think it’s one of the best Disneynature movies I’ve ever watched in my whole life. I really recommend this movie to kids and adults alike. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/22/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Disneynature's "Polar Bear" tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today.
Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson
Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson, Jason Roberts, Keith Scholey, Roy Conli
David Fowler
Production Co
PG (Some Thematic Elements)
Documentary, Kids & Family, Nature
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 22, 2022
1h 24m
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