Polar Bear Review: Survivalism is no exception to animals
REVIEW: Unlike humans, animals do not have a ready-made survival kit that they could buy at the nearest department store. So they have to learn to fend for themselves. Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson elaborate on this reality of the animal kingdom, while focusing on a mother bear and her two cute little cubs.
The polar bear naturally begins its journey in winter: a haven for furry white animals that dance around ice floats and hunt seagulls with admirable precision. As they move past their dream phase and into an irritable autumn, including the Northern Lights, the bears are in desperate need of food. Hudson’s Bay and the entire world are threatened by global warming and its dangerous impact on our environment. “Polar Bear,” through its charming first-person narration of a mother polar bear, teaches us a thing about survivalism and the nature of living beings to feed.
Creators Fothergill and Wilson had to gather in-depth study material as well as video footage – we’re talking hours of content here – and cut it into a beautiful story of love, compassion and foraging. The tone is laid back and funny, and the execution is easy on the eyes. “I hate seaweed for dinner,” cries the baby bear. It takes a particular style of storytelling to shed light on an alarming issue like a rapidly receding iceberg. “Polar Bear” therefore achieved the combined goal of making an engaging plot and enlightening its audience on the grave dangers of a particular threat.
In today’s world, where three meals a day is the dream many hungry and unnourished people see every day, “polar bear” might seem like a first-world look at a universal phenomenon. But, if you care about the whole ecosystem as much as your fellow human beings, “Polar Bear” is an informative take on animal instinct.