Brother Bear (2003) animated, movie – USA 

brother-bear
Adventure, family, fantasy
Duration 85min
Rated G
Score 8
Directors Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Writers Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Steve Bencinch, Ron J Friedman
Voices Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, DB Sweeney, Joan Copeland

 

Kenai is a boy beginning his jouney to beginning a man. When his brother dies, he blames a bear and chooses to take revenge by hunting the bear. As punishment, the spirits turn him into a bear, leading him to travel with a talkative bear cub named Koda who got separated from his mom.

 

It seemed slow at first. It took over 20 minutes to get anywhere. Much of it didn’t have a very original feel. The music isn’t original. I’m sure I’ve heard similar in a few movies, such as Lion King. The main character felt like most other Disney characters. I mean, a young immature teenage finding his place in life by becoming a different species? Sounds like Ariel (Little Mermaid )… Then there was an old woman that gave off a Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas ) feel.

But it was entertaining. The characters were likeable. Even the moose were likeable, although they were so Canadian I wanted to hurl… And the story was cute, fun, funny and sad. Especially closer to the end when the bears were having their share time where they had the cute, funny and sad happening all at once.

 

I wish it had ended slightly different, but I’m happy with the ending and I enjoyed the rest of it, so this is recommended. I have a feeling it has the potential of getting pushed up to highly recommended if you’re watching it with kids.

 

Recommendations 
Pocahontas
Lion King
The Little Mermaid

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