After a production gap last year, Disneynature, the nature documentary arm of the Walt Disney Company, is returning this Earth Day weekend with "BEARS." The story, set against a gorgeous Alaskan backdrop, focuses on a brown bear family struggling to survive and thrive in the wilderness. Like previous documentaries released by the studio, ticket sales from the opening week of the film will benefit nature non-profits, with this year's focus on the National Parks Foundation. 

As is tradition, the studio has also released a captivating look at its Earth Day film for next year, "Monkey Kingdom." Directed by documentary veterans Mark Linfield ("Chimpanzee") and Alastair Fothergill ("Earth," "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee," and "Bears"), the film tells the story of a "newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia."

Check out a first trailer for "Monkey Kingdom" below. The film will be released April 17th, 2015

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First trailer for Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' arrives
Documentary about monkeys living in ancient ruins in South Asia to debut on Earth Day 2015.