Hello! I'm 14 years old and hopefully a future animator myself.
The story: The story was wonderfully seriouse. I'm not sure little kids will understand how seriouse the plot really is. I love that Disney is showing a backbone and making animated films a little more seriouse so older kids like myself can take an interest in them. Anyway, yes, the story is about broadening your mind and seeing things from different points of veiws, learning from those that are different than you, and appreciating those who are already close to you.
It all starts when Kenai's brother is killed by a bear who was only protecting her cub. Kenai is of course upset and sets off to seek revenge. He finds the bear and kills it. Kenai's Brother who is now a spirit turns Kenai into a bear himself to teach him why killing the bear in the first place was wrong.
Though the story is seriouse and deals with seriouse things (as life does) it's also wonderfully lighthearted and entertaining. The animals are full of character and are very funny and sweet.
Beautiful! I noticed the linework was a little thicker than usual Disney standard, and the highlight and shadows were also quite thick, but it didn't irk me too much.
The painted backgrounds were EXQUISITE. The character designs are my favorite aspect of this movie. Kenai's character in particular. His facial expressions and character in general are extremely likeable.
One of my favorite things about this movie are the northern lights scenes, though. Gorgeous.
The music: Some of it is wonderful, some of it is a little hokey. Luckily, there are NO spontanious every-character-busts-into-song-moments in this movie wich I liked alot. :) They used the music as a guideline of emotion in the scenes, not as a cheap thrill for kids to sing along to.
I'd say this is a good movie for any age. :) I've watched it twice in 1 day already.