The latest Disneynature film, Polar Bear is coming to Disney+ this month. Ashley had the chance to sit down for an interview with directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson to learn more about this project.
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Disneynature Interview with Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson
Narrated by Catherine Keener, Disneynature’s Polar Bear tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her youth help her raise her cub. But things have changed. Her world is increasingly challenging and different from the one she grew up in. Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the directing team behind Disneynature’s Penguins, helm this film. They craft the bear’s story by going back and examining her days as a cub. By showing how much has changed for this bear during her lifetime, Fothergill and Wilson capture the resiliency and plight of polar bears.
Polar Bear is an amazing film and like every other Disneynature outing made me cry at least once. What made you want to focus on polar bears?
Alastair: We’d worked a lot in the arctic with polar bears and we always knew there was an amazing Disneynature film to be made. Polar bears are amazingly beautiful, they have wonderful cubs which is great for Disneynature. More than anything else they are the queens of their worlds… Also, we felt it was a very timely film because polar bears are at the cutting edge of climate change, it’s happening very fast in the arctic. We thought it was a film that had to be made now.
They also explained the difficulty of finding a bear family to work with. After all, polar bears are solitary creatures.
Disneynature Polar Bear starts streaming on Disney+ April 15.
To hear the whole interview take a listen below.