While this coming Earth Day will mark the first time in four years that Disneynature has not released some amazing animal documentary, the studio is not leaving us completely empty handed. 

A sneak peek for their 2014 Earth Day feature "Bears" has just hit online - and based on only a small amount of footage, it promises to be one of their most gorgeous productions yet. Designated by Disneynature as a "true life adventure," the film follows the successful formula of past releases like "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee," focusing on a family of grizzly bears living in the wilds of Alaska. From the synopsis:

Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. 

As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. "Bears" captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs' survival hinges on family togetherness.

Keeping in the tradition of the brand, Disneynature will use the premiere of "Bears" next year to benefit some organization(s) dedicated to preserving their habitat. Check out the featurette for the film below. 

Related on MNN: Alaskan bears enjoy the salmon run [Photo essay]

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Here's your first look at Disneynature's 'Bears'
Coming in 2014, new 'true life' adventure follows a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.