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Brother Bear

Joaquin Phoenix , Jeremy Suarez , Aaron Blaise , Robert Walker    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Special Features

Three Viewing Options: Family Friendly Aspect Ratio 1.66:1; Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1; "Rutt & Tuke's Commentary" -- Watch Along With The Hilarious Moose From The Film

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Bear July 18 2004
Format:DVD
I saw the trailers for Brother Bear when it was in theatres and didn't really think much about it, until it got the Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Feature, then I said to myself that this could be good, and guess what...it is!
Brother Bear is about Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix), a young Native boy who takes revenge on the bear who killed his older brother. When his brother's spirit sees what he's doing, he changes Kenai into a Bear to make him see through the animals point-of-view.
AMAZING! I was really impressed at how well done this movie is. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite animated films to date. The music by Phil Collins and (surprise!) Tina Turner are great! The score really stands out too, especially during the exciting transformation scene. Though, not as much music as my second favorite animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, this one still delivers and music placement is put in where music is needed. The story is a bit strong and there are some scary scenes that may frighten little children, but other than that, the kids will forget about it when the two hilarious Moose, Rutt and Tuke, arrive on-screen (voiced wonderfully by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas). The Animation mixed in with a few CGI's are fantastic! as is the detail and the usage of the widescreen scope is used to the fullest extent. I was reading around and one reviewer said that this is a collaboration of all of the Disney themes, such as family in 'The Lion King', the transformation of 'The Little Mermaid', the Natives in 'Pocahontas' and the collaboration of Phil Collins again, just like in 'Tarzan'. I do agree with this and found it incredibly interesting that there are similarities which I welcome to with open arms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
We saw this movie 5 times at the theater and countless times on DVD and still our whole family LOVES it!!!!!!! This is a Lion King style movie...The sound track is fantastic! The visuals are stunningly beautiful! The story is great with a wonderful message for people of all ages! A lot more young kid friendly than Nemo. My 3 year old daughter hated Finding Nemo because it went from one terrifying, violent moment to another, but Brother Bear she loves. While it has some scary violence in it, those moments are broken up with comic relief, songs and meaningful story progression. Like Lion King and Finding Nemo, the topic of death plays a role, but in the end, it is shown that those loved ones who were lost are still forever watching over the ones they left behind. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness, tolerance of those different than you and the importance of taking responsibility for those you have hurt and working to heal. This is what a Disney movie should be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disney Does It Again! June 9 2004
Format:DVD
I borrowed this movie from a friend with kids and thought "Ah, what the heck?" I am so glad that I borrowed it and I'm off to buy my own copy.
Brother Bear is the coming of age story of three brothers. The youngest is supposed to find love before he can become a man...and learn the meaning of the word. He wants strength and honor, not love. In order to teach him a lesson the spirit of his older brother turns him into a bear. He sees things from a different perspective and learns to love. The characters in the movie are what make this predictable tale so great. Rick Moranis is the voice of one moose. It's almost like the moose came straight out of Strange Brew. Very funny!
Definitely watch this...even if you don't have kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 4 2004
By Emmy
Format:DVD
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.
The art:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The quality of the DVD is good and the service delivery was excellent.
Published 2 months ago by Henri Pierre Therien
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is super cute and awesome deal for 2 movies
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Published 3 months ago by Heavensecret
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Published 13 months ago by Rebecky
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Published on Aug. 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I FIRST SAW IT IN THEATERS AND I THOUT IT WAS REAL GOOD!I GOT IT ON DVD THE FIRST DAY IT CAME OUT!I RECCOMEND THIS MOVIE FOR EVERY KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD! Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by LEMONY
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
This film is just absolutely wonderful. Not only will my daughter sit and watch it over and over again, but I dont' mind it, even after the 400th time! Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by N. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother Bear.
You glad that Kenai didn't say "Oh brother!"
I got alot jokes.
"Bear with me."
"Grin & bear it. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Thomas Dickensheets
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for Kids Only
Movies like this is the reason why Disney as a company is doing so badly. It is not a bad movie, but the story is VERY predictable. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Agent Excel
3.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a Man
The story takes place in an Indian Village many years ago. Keani attends a ceremony to receive his totem. The totem is a symbol of transition from boyhood to manhood. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Christine Dugas
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen better, seen worse
1st, the positives: this movie was beautifully created, I like the idea of exploring the Inuit culture (though there weren't enough scenes to really get into that), the lesson is... Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by M. Ness
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