Film / Alaska

Alaska is a 1996 film about two kids, Sean and Jessie Barnes with a Missing Mom who search for their bush pilot father Jake who goes missing in the Alaskan wilderness. The kids meet a polar bear cub who helps them along the way. Little do they know that a poacher named Colin Perry (Charlton Heston) — who captured the cub after killing her mother in the beginning — is pursuing them.

This film contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Perry is friendly enough to Sean and Jessie. Too bad about the poaching.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Sean, who reasonably gets angry over his mother being dead.
  • Big Bad: Colin Perry, the main antagonist of the film.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The polar bear cub helps Sean and Jessie rescue Jake and reunite with him.
  • Big "NO!": Sean shouts this when he and Jessie realize that Perry is about to tranquilize the polar bear cub. And a few minutes later, Jessie does the same when Perry escapes with the cub in his helicopter.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: The poachers take the mother bear's hollowed out carcass and use it as a hand puppet to taunt the baby.
  • Evil Gloating: Perry delivers one before shooting the polar bear.
  • Evil Poacher: Perry is a poacher who intends to recapture the polar bear after Sean and Jessie release him.
  • Failed a Spot Check / Hidden in Plain Sight: How hard is it for the search and rescue team to spot a bright yellow plane against a bunch of snowy mountains?
  • Harmless Freezing: Apparently, kids can be barefoot out in the frigid Alaskan wilderness without so much as socks without any adverse affect. Not even frostbite.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Perry shoots Mr. Koontz and his helicopter with his own tranquilizer darts after the cub bites Perry's leg.
  • Idiot Ball: The search and rescue team; see Failed a Spot Check.
  • Jerkass:
  • Kick the Dog: After the poachers killed a mother polar bear, they teased her captured cub by flailing the mother's hide right in front of the cub's cage for fun.
    Perry: "It's a shame to separate a mother and child, isn't it?"
  • Kids Wilderness Epic
  • Large Ham: Perry once again.
  • Magical Native American: Ben the convenience store clerk, who even has a pet bald eagle. He calls him his "Tornac", or "spirit guide".
  • Police Are Useless: The Alaskan Search-and-Rescue team until the end of the film.
  • Scenery Porn: This is Alaska we're talking about.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Despite losing the cub and his helicopter, Perry and Koontz decide to make a break for it.
  • Vision Quest: Ben convinces Sean to treat the search like one.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Sean wished that Jake would have died instead of his mother. Later on, however, it turns into Parting Words Regret.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: The cub is referred as she for a while, until after a full-body hug from it Sean confirms it's a he. "Trust me, I got a very good look."