1988 was a pretty busy year for me. I was in the Navy, and that was the year of my longest cruise. Back home, my sister, my Mom, and many others were urging me to see Jean-Jacques Annoud’s magnificent nature biopic, The Bear, as soon as I could. Due to countless twists and turns along history’s trail, I still haven’t seen the film. Today I came across this clip from it, and rest assured, that fact will soon be rectified…
It’s about a cub whose mother is killed, and he gets taken in by a male Kodiak bear. To get around obvious complications, Annoud got creative. From IMDb:
Because in the wild, male bears usually eat bear cubs if they can, the filmmakers prepared the adult Bart the Bear for the cub by having him play with a teddy bear the size and fur color of the cub. When the trainers felt he was ready, he was introduced to the cub and he greeted the cub affectionately.
I must see this movie now. NOW!