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.