A 1996 film about two kids with a Missing Mom who search for their bush pilot father 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:
- Age-Appropriate Angst: Sean, who reasonably gets angry over his mother being dead.
- Badass: Hey there Jake, how are you doing? Doubles as Made of Iron too. Let's just give a general overview: first his plane crashes in the middle of a storm in the Alaskan bush, totally stranding him with no food, water, or effective shelter for at least the better part of a week, with a spectacularly broken ankle. Then, after having survived all of that (followed by the crashed plane crashing again) he escapes moments before it finally plunges off the cliff and spends the next ten minutes dangling off the side of a mountain by nothing but the freaking rope tied around his chest. And then he climbs up the side. The guy might as well have told death to go piss up a rope while flipping it a double bird.
- 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.
- 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.
- Idiot Ball: The search and rescue team; see Failed a Spot Check.
- Jerkass: Sean, and how. After refusing a compass as a gift, he wishes that his father died instead of his mother. Geez!
- Not to mention the poachers teasing the cub with its mother's corpse, as mentioned below.
- 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.
- Scenery Porn: This is Alaska we're talking about.
- Vision Quest: Ben convinces Sean to treat the search like one.
- 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."