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BROTHER BEAR is a beautiful piece of hand-drawn animation - rich landscapes, sunlight and shadow, the Aurora Borealis, wildflowers in brilliant color against a slightly out of focus background.

Its story is a study in cause and effect - how rash actions can lead to worse consequences than the tragedy that brought them about.

Unfortunately, while the art is top-notch and the seed of a great movie was there at some point in the writing process, the end result is a mess. It's a weak brew of stolen and sometimes grossly out-of-place jokes, musical numbers that will sound tacky in a year, and dumbed-down themes that even my three year old grew tired of before the end of the hour and forty minute run time.

Worst of all, it rips off (blatantly!) some of the best examples of animated fare in recent years - most often, SHREK and ICE AGE.

Like me, many of you will end up seeing this in the theater because younger members of your family won't be able to wait for video. With the marketing juggernaut at top speed before today's release, every kid knows about this movie. The theater today was nearly full for the second show of the day, and I didn't notice anyone gushing about the movie's greatness when we left - not even the kids.

The best I can say for those in this position is: bring headphones and watch the pretty pictures.
Brother Bear (2003)
Jeremy Suarez, Joaquin Phoenix, Rick Moranis
Directed by unknown.
90 min (?)
Grade B- (Fresh) (88)
A rehash of The Lion King's theme, coupled with a rehash of the Beast's story, Bear is lacking in the "Disney magic." The film does contain breathtaking animation, and colorful characters that make it a pleasant experience.
All visuals and no story. On the suck-o-meter, this one gets 3 out of four sucks: It would be the most powerful line that Orkin has to offer, but some stupid baby is nawing on the extension cord and it isn't sucking quite as hard as it could.
We took our five year old son to see Brother Bear on Sunday and we all loved it. It's very much in the tradition of The Lion King with a good message without being too leftist enviro-wacko preachy. Which is good. I had reservations going in what sort of message they were going for, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my wife and son. Of course, being an old SCTV and 'Strange Brew' fan, the Bob & Doug McKenzie moose stole the show for me. I was in stitches at their dialog, especially the game of 'I Spy.'

I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes classic Disney animation. The scenery is georgeous, the voice talent is great. Overall a wonderful experience.
i rather like this movie, not the best disney movie but still pretty good.

My sister and I saw Brother Bear last week. I really wanted to review it though:

Disney has run out of ideas. End of sentence. A begaining that was supposed to make me cry. A transformation that was supposed to be, ''OMG!'' and two REALLY retarted mooses. Brother Bear was very upseting to me. None of the jokes were even funny. I only laughed a little on one part. I found the transformation part very funny...... in a stupid way.

Koda can be cute sometimes but I highly rate all the characters STUPID.

pure Disney trash
What Are These Critics Thinking This Is A Classic Movie
I really liked Brother Bear. I'm disappointed that's it's not doing better in the ratings, so I signed up to put in my two cents.
Nothing gets the waterworks flowing more for me than a big, old feature-length animated motion picture.

Brother Bear did it to me less then 5 minutes into the movie, when the Inuit brothers were kayaking and you could see orcas just below the surface. God, it was so damn beautiful, I couldn't help myself. I hope someday I can actually do that - if such a thing is possible.

So I was on edge for the rest of the movie, with the colors and characters keeping me on an emotional high.

What I really enjoyed with Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas resurrecting their Bob and Doug McKenzie routine, albeit toned down on the beer-drinking and "take off, you hoser" stuff. They still manage to work in a reference to feasting on "amber barley on a bed of fermented hops". Heh. I bet nobody else in the theater picked up on that.

The only thing that stuck in my craw was the beer commercial rock from Phil Collins and Tina Turner. Especially disappointing was a song that supposedly has the Blind Boys of Alabama on it. They are one of my favorite groups, but their voices could hardly be heard over the bombast of Phil's gated snare, booming toms and whiny voice. Still it was music, and it added to the overall effect.

Jeez, the last cartoon that did this to me was Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and that had a crap soundtrack as well by Brian Adams.

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