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'BEARS' UNIQUE AMONG NEW MOVIES

                

For Hicksflicks.com, April 18, 2014

One of the new films in release that you can read about below is "Bears" (G), a most unusual entry in the weekly which-movie-should-I-go-see-in-a-theater sweepstakes.

"Bears" is a Disney documentary, the studio's annual Earth Day release, this one about bears in Alaska. The trailer looks good.

But it's not unusual because it's a Disney documentary or because it celebrates Earth Day or because it might be a good movie.

It's unusual because the film is rated G. And it's even more rare since is not animated. Heck, even most cartoon features are rated PG these days.

So far this year, as the first quarter winds down, we've had exactly two G-rated movies, the cartoon "Rio 2" and the documentary "Bears."

                    

Last year — over the entire year — there was exactly one: "Monsters University." Yes, a cartoon.

So when is the last time we had a G-rated, live-action movie that was not a documentary?

That will require a little more research than I'm willing to pursue at the moment.

But, hey, it's something to look forward to.