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Michael G. Johnson (screenplay)
Rainer Bergomaz (writer)
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6 March 2008 (Germany) See more »
This documentary shows the early life of polar bear Knut that had to be hand fed by Berlin zoo employee Thomas Dörflein after its mother Tosca refused the baby in 2006. | Add synopsis »
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Thomas Dörflein ... Himself
Knut ... Himself
Dietmar Wunder ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Michael G. Johnson  (as Michael Johnson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Theresa Alto  screenplay
Rainer Bergomaz  writer
Svetlana Egorova  writer
Michael G. Johnson  screenplay

Produced by
Jörn Röver .... producer
Cinematography by
Rainer Bergomaz 
Roland Gockel 
Manfred Andrej Hagbeck 
Alexander Huf 
Anton Klima 
Thomas Koppehele 
Yung Sandy 
Film Editing by
Bettina Vogelsang 
Production Management
Tina Mersmann .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Oliver Barth .... sound editor
Daniel Gilde .... sound designer
Daniel Gilde .... sound editor
Bernd Popella .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernd Popella .... sound supervisor
Peter Roigk .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Wolf Bosse .... digital intermediate producer
Nico Hauter .... hi-def colourist
Frieda Oberlin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Christian Tröger .... digital artist
Philip Whitfield .... hi-def colourist
Editorial Department
Thomas Schernikau .... on-line editor
Thomas Dörflein .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Knut" - Japan (English title)
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89 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fine Documentary for Young Children About the Life of Young Bears, 18 February 2010
Author: martys-7 from United States

Knut, became a world celebrity when his polar bear mother rejected him after birth and he was raised by his keeper at the Berlin Zoo. This documentary follows very closely the interaction of the adorable bear cub and his keeper who was required to care for him basically 24 hours a day. Two other related stories are featured in the movie: a pair of brown bear cubs in Belarus whose mother has been killed and a polar bear mother raising three cubs.

Knut is the poster bear for his endangered family and the global warming that is melting the ice caps. The movie touches lightly on those themes but its focus is on the bears' interaction and development with Knut as the main star -- which he is.

There are some cheesy aspects such as the narrator being the wind and a second rate chirpy R&B soundtrack, however, one has to consider that this film is intended for young children. As such, it is relatively light and breezy yet educative, moving, and entertaining. This is a must see for families with children under 12 and viewers of all ages whose inner child loves bears and nature.

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