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Nar­rated by John C. Reilly Polo Park, St. Vi­tal G 78 min­utes

out of five es­pe­cially when the cubs get into mis­chief — as, for in­stance, they try to learn how to dig up clams, and dis­cover get­ting “clamped.” They’re crav­ing fish, but un­til the sal­mon run starts, the cubs have to get by on chew­ing grass. “It’s like set­tling for a dirty salad!” The cubs ride mama Sky’s back across freez­ing rivers, stick close when dan­ger is near and rough­house with each other and their mother, forc­ing that in­vol­un­tary “Awwww” out of even the most jaded viewer. The film­mak­ers get un­der­neath the fur to see the tiny cubs just af­ter birth, and the ex­treme close-ups and cin­e­matic track­ing shots take us into a pris­tine wilder­ness where sur­vival is a mat­ter of in­stinct, pluck and more than a lit­tle luck. Use these Earth Day de­lights the way they were in­tended — as bigscreen re­wards for the in­trepid film­mak­ers who de­vote years at a time to mak­ing them and as a taste of na­ture most of us, es­pe­cially the very young, will never be able to ex­pe­ri­ence in the wild.

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