Brother Bear (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Brother Bear
Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.
It feels like a project that got quietly pushed through the pipeline while the studio gears up for bigger and better things.
Audience Reviews for Brother Bear
There's definitely a charm to this film, but compared to the trailblazers that came before it, this feels very underwhelming. My main complaint would be that it relies a lot on contrived ideas and has a morality that feels uninspiring, though it's dealing with big, provocative issues. The other thing that was really annoying was the reliance on Phil Collins for the music, which was an interesting gimmick in "Tarzan" but here it's unwelcome and tedious. The message relies on facing up to past misdeeds, letting go of grief's anger, and not blaming the wrong people for mistakes. I liked that it dealt with a culture that doesn't get much screen time, but most of the plot focuses more on a man-bear's journey to a mountaintop, and that's just not that exciting. It was rather funny at times too, though that's mostly because of the Canadian moose, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. The ending was amazing, and goes against a lot of traditional Disney narratives, which I thought was a very thoughtful choice. It just didn't feel very fresh, as it dealt with a lot of already trodden ground.
Animation work is above average and there are a couple of standout scenes but ultimately it doesn't reach the heights of Disney's back catalogue. Full review later.
Fun, but gets really in to spirits and crap. Great music, horrible story, good voice acting. I liked it, but didnt love it.