Set in a magical forest, this animated adventure tells the story of Jonathan and his little sister Sophie. They are on holiday at their grandfather’s cabin, which backs onto a vast forest filled with mythical creatures.
Like many older brothers, Jonathan thinks it’s uncool to be stuck with his kid sister for the rest of the holiday. He tries to shake her off - and succeeds only too well. Sophie is kidnapped by an enormous 1,000-year-old bear and he must venture into the forbidden forest to save her!
Like many things in the mythical forest, the bear isn’t quite what he seems. Sophie discovers that he is gentle and friendly. Meanwhile, Jonathan gets caught up with an angry hunter who won’t stop till he’s caught the bear - who he hold responsible for destroying his village. The siblings must overcome their differences and join forces to defend their new friend and his home, the mythical forest.
The Great Bear is a beautifully animated journey exploring unusual friendships, the bond of family love and the importance of our relationship with nature. The animated forest is a visual delight; it is brought to life by the Great Bear, who carries half the undergrowth around on his back, and becomes at one with his habitat when he lies down.
“There’s plenty to entertain both young and old in The Great Bear. Steeped in an abundance of fantasy and folklore, this hugely enjoyable children’s film contains enough action and adventure to keep younger viewers engaged whilst its collection of outlandish but incredibly lovable peripheral characters recalls the magic of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s greatest works.”
- Cine Vue
Born in Denmark in 1977, Esben Toft Jacobsen graduated in animation direction from Denmark’s National Film School in 2006. He has developed and directed productions for Copenhagen Bombay, including the short film Kiwi & Strit, which formed part of the feature film Carsten & Gitte’s Movie Madness (Anders Morgenthaler et al, 2008). The Great Bear was his first animated feature. It had its world premiere in the Generation Kplus children’s section at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, where it was warmly received. His second feature Beyond Beyond is a Swedish-Danish co-production.
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