John C. Reilly’s “Bears”, for Disney Nature, is about the real thing. Mama Bear wakes up with her two cubs on a mountaintop in the Aleutians, and has to travel down to the coast for the summer, and then back up a river to fish for salmon. It’s a desperate race against time in a short summer. If she doesn’t eat enough and fatten up, she won’t be able to provide milk for her cubs, and they won’t survive. The film says they are brown bears, although these are pretty big, almost like grizzlies.
The new Disney film shows the photographers, working close to the bears, in the closing credits. The bears seem to accept them.