The Bears And I

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Bears And I (1974 Movie)

“The Bears and I” is a family adventure film released in 1974, produced by Walt Disney Productions. Directed by Bernard McEveety, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Franklin Leslie.

The story follows Bob Leslie (played by Patrick Wayne), a Vietnam War veteran who decides to leave his troubled past behind and escape to the wilderness of Alaska. Bob plans to prospect for gold and live a solitary life in the rugged wilderness. Along the way, he encounters two bear cubs whose mother has been killed by a hunter.

Bob takes in the orphaned bear cubs and cares for them, naming them Sitka and Kodiak. As he navigates the challenges of living in the wilderness with the bears, Bob discovers the joy and beauty of nature and forms a deep bond with the animals. The film explores themes of friendship, survival, and the connection between humans and nature.

As time passes, Bob becomes aware of the threat posed by a group of hunters who are pursuing the bears. Determined to protect his newfound friends, Bob embarks on a journey to bring the bears to safety and away from harm.

“The Bears and I” showcases the majestic Alaskan wilderness and the incredible bond between Bob and the bears. The film celebrates the beauty of nature and the importance of living in harmony with wildlife.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but was appreciated for its stunning cinematography and heartwarming story. Patrick Wayne’s performance and the endearing portrayal of the bear cubs were highlights of the film.

While not as well-known as some of Disney’s major releases, “The Bears and I” remains a charming and sentimental adventure film. It is a testament to Disney’s ability to create heartwarming stories that resonate with audiences of all ages.

Today, “The Bears and I” is cherished by those who enjoy family-friendly films that celebrate the beauty of nature and the special bond between humans and animals. It stands as a reminder of the importance of respecting and protecting wildlife and the wonders of the natural world.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $4 million
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  • Patrick Wayne: Bob Leslie
  • Chief Dan George: Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
  • Andrew Duggan: Commissioner Gaines
  • Michael Ansara: Oliver Red Fern
  • Robert Pine: John McCarten
  • Valentin de Vargas: Sam Eagle Speaker
  • Hal Baylor: Foreman


  • Director: Bernard McEveety
  • Producer: Winston Hibler
  • Music: Buddy Baker

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I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.