King of the Grizzlies (1970)

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Sigh…another Disney animal movie that’s pretty much a documentary in disguise? I’m getting tired of these! Let’s just get this over with. Here’s my review of the Ron Kelly-directed King of the Grizzlies!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

Winston Hibler serves as the narrator of the film and introduces us to a mother grizzly bear and her two young cubs. They’re busy living their grizzly bear lives which consists of eating, bathing, playing, the usual. One day, the mother grizzly bear kills a cow on a ranch belonging to a Colonel Pierson, played by Chris Wiggins. The colonel retaliates by shooting the mother and one of her cubs dead. He shoots the other cub too, but misses and the surviving cub falls into the river below.

The swimming lessons paid off!

A Cree Indian named Moki, played by John Yesno, works for the Colonel and tries to find the cub. When he comes upon the cub, he names him Wahb due to him having only four-toes on one of his paws. He feels a connection between him and the bear cub and sets him free.

Much of the rest of the film follows Wahb as he grows older and deals with other wildlife in the forest be it foxes, cougars, bees, or even other bears. Some years later, Wahb finds his way on Colonel Pierson’s land again causing a stampede of his cattle. Colonel Pierson sets out to kill Wahb once and for all, but Moki does his best to stop the Colonel even going so far as to remove the bullets from the Colonel’s gun. Seeing how much Wahb means to Moki, the Colonel allows Wahb to walk free. Wahb spends the rest of his days in the forest living as the title suggests as King of the Grizzlies.

“I am King. Watch me stand!”

And that was King of the Grizzlies! I dunno what to tell you, man! It’s basically a documentary disguised with the least amount of effort possible to make us think it’s a movie. Much of the film involves following Wahb around and as I’ve made clear many times prior to this, I get really bored watching animals in these documentary-style films. If you’re into that, maybe you’ll enjoy this movie, but I’ll be happy if I never watch this one ever again!

So, my final score for this film is 10/35 = 28.57% (F) !

The next review will be posted on June 8, 2021.

4 thoughts on “King of the Grizzlies (1970)

  1. Is this the first time that we’ve worked on a review for the same movie at the same time (ignoring the fact that I write slow)? I really liked the first few True Life Adventures, but yeah, the formula has long since worn out its welcome. It doesn’t help that they’ve failed literally every time they’ve tried to tell a story with animal footage and Winston Hibler’s voice has all the joy of watching paint dry.

    1. Yeah, I think this is the first time we’re on the same movie at the same time, lol! I think you’ll end up passing me soon enough as you’re already at 1970 and you’ve gone in order and I only update every 2 weeks, lol!

      Yeah, I’m getting so tired of this formula! How many more are there, lol?

      1. I’ve done five so far, I think? Perri, Nikki Wild Dog of the North, Legend of Lobo, Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, and now King of the Grizzlies. And I think there are at least three more ahead for me at least but they have different narrators which hopefully means they’re a little more engaging than Winston Hibler!

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