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DisneyNature’s Bears DVD now available for pre-order

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Get ready for a journey to the Alaskan wilderness without leaving home as Disneynature’s Bears Digital, DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack is now available for pre-order! An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Bonus features include the music video for “Carry On” featuring Olivia Holt and four making-of featurettes.

If you missed the movie in theaters, you’ll be happy to know that Disney is continuing its program of releasing a portion of first-week sales to be be donated to the National Park Foundation as part of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places. So your pre-order today helps both wildlife and The Disney Blog and we thank you.

I’m very happy to see Disney continuing its tradition of true-life adventures. I think it’s the perfect offering for the whole family.

More details on the DVD and Blu-Ray are below the jump in the original announcement:

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14 National Parks receive grants from Disneynature’s “Bears”

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Great news from Disneynature. They were able to make grants to 14 national parks with the funds generated during the opening week of “Bears.” A big thank you to everyone who made it out to support the film and our nation’s beautiful national parks. The full press release is below:

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has awarded Disneynature Impact Grants to 14 national parks thanks to the significant support generated during opening week of Disneynature’s “Bears.” These grants provide critical financial support needed to transform innovative, yet underfunded, ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives.

Disneynature pledged to make a contribution to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for each person who saw Disneynature’s “Bears” during opening week.

“Thanks to Disneynature’s support and commitment to preserving and protecting America’s national parks, we are able to fund much-needed conservation projects like studying and protecting endangered species, restoring more than 400,000 acres of national park land, and much more,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We are thankful for our relationship with Disney and the profound impact we are making together in our national parks.”

Ranging in size and scope, each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which funding would make a profound difference in the areas of habitat restoration, wildlife protection, and/or conservation research.  Programs made possible through the 2014 Impact Grants include:

  • Black Bear Research at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
    This project will examine black bear movement and habitat use in and surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park by radio-collaring black bears. The park will also develop educational outreach programs for real-time interpretation of black bear movement and conservation challenges as well as curricula for schools.
  • Habitat Restoration at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
    Wetlands are uncommon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet provide critical habitat for diverse native plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the park. Bears, bobcats, foxes, birds, amphibians, and fish call wetlands home, but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species. This project will allow for invasive plant removal, seed collection, propagation and planting of native species, and educational outreach.

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Disney Celebrates Earth Month with “Bears”

April is Earth Month, and Disney has a long history of protecting the environment and finding ways to connect families with nature. From Animal Kingdom to conserving resources to reducing environmental impact from everyday business practices, Disney prides itself on its conservation values. In celebration… Read More »Disney Celebrates Earth Month with “Bears”

DisneyNature Presents Bears

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This Earth Day DisneyNature invites you to visit the incredible world of Bears. It’s the newest film in the tradition of Walt Disney’s True Life Adventure films and possibly their best yet.

Promising an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!

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Disneynature ‘Bears’ in Production for 2014

The Walt Disney Studios has announced production on Bears, the latest documentary from Disneynature, slated for release in Spring 2014 (likely around Earth Day). Bears will follow the “day-to-day lives” of the brown ursines who call ‘Alaska’s coastal mountains and shores home’. The film is currently shooting… Read More »Disneynature ‘Bears’ in Production for 2014

Be Brave and See It

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My boys and Merida strike a pose at Disney California Adventure (she’s usually in Disneyland, but she made a special appearance for Cars Land Media Day).

Pixar took some lumps after Cars 2 was released. There were more than a few people that believed that it was not up to Pixar’s standards. I was one of them (all is forgiven thanks to Cars Land!). Don’t worry, Brave (and La Luna) has Pixar back on the pedestal where it belongs.

Brave is set in Scotland, and it follows the contention between Princess Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, over the fate of the former — and it wasn’t something pulled from a previously existing fairy tale, but rather the real experience of story creator Brenda Chapman (except she isn’t Scottish royalty). According to Brave Director Mark Andrews (pictured below), “Brenda Chapman came up with the storyline and the characters, and it came out of her being a parent and her trials and tribulations with her daughter.”Read More »Be Brave and See It