The Little Polar Bear
is a wonderfully sweet movie adaptation of the bestselling children's book by Dutch author and illustrator Hans de Beer. Lars--the bear of the title--lives in the North Pole with his father Mika, who warns him that he should not mix with any walruses. Unfortunately, Lars is already best friends with Robby. The two of them just can't understand what all the fuss is about, raising issues of tolerance and understanding to viewers of all ages. This isn't to say the film heavy-handedly throws messages at its young viewers. Subtle points made about society and environment are there to be interpreted, but it's the friendship tale that's at the heart of the movie. Along the pair encounter four hilariously depressed lemmings, the happy snow goose Pieps, Lena the Arctic hare, Caruso the singing penguin and the pretty bear Greta, to whom Lars finds himself curiously attracted. No violence. No pessimism. --Paul Tonks
Based on the best-selling books by Dutch author and illustrator Hans de Beer, The Little Polar Bear
enthralled young cinema goers with its delightful storyline, beautiful animation and positive environmental message. Tiny tots will delight in this magical tale about a group of unlikely friends a little polar bear, a seal pup, four maniacally depressed lemmings and some gullible seagulls, in the Arctic adventure of a lifetime.