After looking at lions (African Cats) and apes (Chimpanzee) for their last two features, Disneynature is next set to tackle brown bears. Directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee), the documentary Bears “cozies up to the brown bears who call Alaska’s stunning coastal mountains and shores their home, revealing through tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures.” As anyone who’s seen Werner Herzog’s excellent doc Grizzly Man can attest, brown bears are also capable of mauling one’s face off.
Nevertheless, the Disneynature folks will likely be bringing some gorgeous imagery from Alaska to the big screen with Bears, and I look forward to seeing what stories they find in the wilderness. Hit the jump to read the full press release and to check out an image from the film. Bears will be released sometime in Spring 2014.
BURBANK, Calif. (September 26, 2012) — The future looks wild, as the Walt Disney Studio’s Disneynature label unveils its new film slated for the big screen in Spring 2014.
Disneynature’s 2014 motion picture “Bears” cozies up to the brown bears who call Alaska’s stunning coastal mountains and shores their home, revealing through tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures. This shooting location provides some of the most spectacular visuals ever for a Disneynature film. The film is directed by Keith Scholey (“African Cats”) and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”).
“Our commitment to the production of Disneynature films is to capture nature on its own terms and its own schedule. These films are never rushed so that we can tell never-before-seen stories in our natural world that both astound and charm audiences,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “Disneynature’s next adventure ‘Bears’ promises to continue this storytelling tradition by introducing audiences to a phenomenal variety of wildlife and offering rare glimpses into the day-to-day lives of these incredible animals.”
“Bears” is currently in production in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.