'Bears' is engaging; vividly shot

April 16, 2014 10:26 PM

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Keenly following the scent of "African Cats" and "Chimpanzees," Disneynature's "Bears" combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect as it documents a year in the life of a mother Alaskan brown bear and her two cubs.

Save for some particularly playful narration provided by John C. Reilly, the film, clocking in at a tidy 77 minutes, adheres closely to the successful blueprint first laid out by 2007's Earth, pitting a wildlife family unit against the not necessarily nurturing elements.

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