What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nature drama depicts realistic animal violence: a bear kills and eats deer for food, kills horses in act of revenge, and a cougar bloodies a bear cub. Human hunters shoot bear. Bear sex is shown -- indistinctly, from a distance -- but no question what is going on. Ditto for bears pooping in the woods. Weird sequence has an innocent bear cub eating hallucination-inducing mushrooms.
- Families can talk about the relationships between people and animals. Hunters in the movie seem to have much less compassion than the animals do. What do kids think about hunting? Animals hunt other animals regularly -- is that different than humans hunting animals?
- How is this animal movie different from others? What is the appeal of talking animals? Is it cruel to force animals to work in the movie industry?
- Talk about the violence in this movie. Were the scenes of animals fighting scarier than the scenes of humans hunting? Did you feel afraid for the baby bear?