Knut to Hit the Silver Screen

Documentary follows star bear cub from tiny fluffball to frightening teen
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 6:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Once celebrity polar bear Knut got big and his fluffy fur gained a yellowish-gray tint, public attention turned to younger, cuter bears. But now the spotlight is back on the Berlin Zoo's most famous orphan, with the premiere of a new documentary called Knut and Friends, the Canadian Press reports.

The film follows Knut's first year of life with exclusive coverage of feeding and romping sessions with his attentive keeper. Interspersed with shots of the famous fuzzball, scenes present the stories of two other bear families, teaching viewers about the plight of Arctic polar bears and Eastern European brown bears. The film, which opens on Thursday, is currently only playing in Germany.