The director of Quest for Fire (1981) creates yet another film in nature with almost no human dialogue in this picturesque story of an orphaned bear cub who is adopted by an adult male bear and must avoid hunters. Bart the Bear stars in this anthropomorphic fantasy.Written by
Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While animatronic bears were used for several of the fighting scenes, live animals including bears, dogs, horses, and honey bees were used on location for filming. A trained, 9-foot tall Kodiak bear named Bart played the Kodiak bear, while a young female bear named Douce ("Sweet" in English) took on the role of the grizzly cub, with several alternates. See more »
The rock that kills the mother bear is noticeably smaller than the boulder that rests atop the dead bear. See more »
[examining bear tracks]
That's a huge male; bet he's more'n fifteen hundred pounds.
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I thought it was excellent when I was younger, its even better now that I am older
The Bear was an art film veiled in the guise of a nature film. I never looked at the roving vistas and sharp cinematography, because when I first watched this, I was more concerned with the bear cub. This is certainly a minimalist film, but the execution was so well done, the power of the images speaks more than the occasional piece of dialogue that is spoken throughout the movie. While it can never be described as kids movie, I think kids might be interested in it due to the very National Geographic-like quality of the film (only without the voice overs). While it has been a long time since I last watched this film (about four years ago), the interesting imagery and the simple, yet meaningful story of survival will always stick with me.
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