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Brother Bear [DVD]

Aaron Blaise , Robert Walker    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Walt Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2004
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MGYH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Disney's Brother Bear boasts a dramatic story--after he kills a bear, a young hunter named Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix) in prehistoric North America is turned into a bear himself and hunted by his own brother--but the animated movie's tone is more earnest and warm than tragic, focusing on the unfolding relationship between Kenai and an orphaned bear cub named Koda (voiced by Jeremy Suarez). However, it's often the comic supporting characters that prove the most popular, and a pair of moose voiced by Rick Moranis and Doug Thomas will win many fans. The songs by Phil Collins are typically negligible, but the hand-drawn animation is lush (occasional flashes of computer-generated animation clash with the movie's overall look). Kids will also enjoy the mammoths; but no sabre-toothed tigers, unfortunately.--Bret Fetzer

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In this Disney-animated, coming-of-age story, Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Pheonix) is an impulsive young Native-American boy who is magically transformed into a bear by his brother when their father is killed by a mother bear protecting her cubs. Forced to see the world through a bear's eyes, Kenai sets out on a quest to find the mountain where the light touches the earth and regain his human form; and learns alot about compassion on his journey.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, an instant classic! 6 Mar 2004
I loved this film. I was surprised that it was somehow given so many bad reviews, and why it was shunned by the box office. This film has a heartwarming and feel good sense to it, and a great performance by Joaquin Phoenix as Kenai, the hunter who kills a bear, only to get turned into one himself. The two dim-witted moose are also very funny and unforgettable. Brother Bear borrows some of its contents from other animated films, but most of the time it manages to get away with it very well. When Kenai gets turned into a bear, he must find a way to get to the mountains where the lights touch the Earth, staying by the side of a lonely bear cub called Koda. During his voyage he learns that Koda is alone and that Kenai will have to keep with him throughout his whole journey. This technique of being there for others has a similar feeling that was previously featured in Finding Nemo and Lilo and Stitch. The only differences are that it doesn't work as well as it did with Lilo and Stitch, but for me, no other Disney film of any style can better it, and whereas Lilo and Stitch focused its winning charm on family, Brother Bear's is on brotherhood.
One thing has been improved though. Like Tarzan this has a soundtrack boasting with five new songs from music legend Phil Collins, which come better than the ones featured in Tarzan, so there's one good side to it. The only bad area was probably the repeat use of a herd of charging stampede, ruining The Lion King's pride of originality. The plot sounds like it rips off the Emperor's New Groove, but overall it makes the film much better and much more mature.
To end this review, Brother Bear is a great film for the whole family, with it being funny and touching, exactly the same things that made Lilo and Stitch the excellent franchise it is. Compared with that, Brother Bear probably won't become a well-loved Disney classic, but still a classic nonetheless, and a must-have on DVD.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 2 Year Old's Favourite 8 May 2004
By Dr Red
I took my then 21 month old daughter to see this film. She didn't last twenty minutes in Nemo (and has, at 25 months, yet to sit through the whole DVD) but she LOVED Brother Bear. I think it was the 'realness' of the animals (which, like in Lion King, move like the real species) combined with action right from the beginning. There's also a wonderful sense of place and being outdoors - you can almost smell the pine trees. She loved the story of a boy who turns into a bear and back and back again. Every time we passed the cinema, she dragged me back to the poster and when my U.S.-based mother brought her a Brother Bear book, she adored it. Daddy and I liked the film, too. I've never been a Phil Collins fan, but 'On My Way' was a good tune and the story was very strong and very well animated. I especially like how the film introduces very young children to another culture and way of looking at the world (without the preachiness of Pocohontas). I'm looking forward to seeing it two or three hundred times in the next months!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film for Children and Adults 25 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I went to see this film with my daughters, aged 4 & 7. They both thoroughly enjoyed it - it was (in the words of the eldest) "one of the best cinema films ever" ! It is beautifully made with likeable characters and a story line that moves along at a good pace and keeps up the interest of even the most fidgety 4-year old. It was also genuinely funny and made us all laugh. It's a real shame that this film was overshadowed by Nemo as it was, in our opinions, every bit as good and just as well worth seeing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art, great story! 27 July 2004
We loved this movie! It has now become one of our favorite Disney animated features. The special features on DVD are excellent if you are interested in how the movie was made. If you have children, there are a couple of Brother Bear games that are actually quite enjoyable (even for the adult person).
We think it is an inspiring story and a revelation in animation and art-work. Buy this movie!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother Bear a must have movie 14 Mar 2004
having seen this film over 7 times at the cinema with my little brother i cant wait to get him the dvd. Its a film which i like to see time and again with its heartwarming characters, the lovable bear cub Koda and the boy who was transformed into a bear by his dead brother Kenai. He has to learn some of lifes valuble lessons wilst traveling with Koda to the salmon run a meeting place for all bears. whilst suffering being hunted and riding round on wooly mamoths. this film is a must and i know that what i say just doesnt do it justice. the songs perfomed Phill Collins has brought a tear to my eye somthing which is actually very hard to do! my favorite song in the film has to be Ime on my way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray transfer perfection for Brother Bear 16 April 2013
To see again films like Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King released onto blu ray, brings back the enthusiasm I developed for animated films. However, maybe it is the transferring into HD, but sometimes I am aware of the pixels which make up the fine lines and the drawings feel crude and this breaks the awe I once had for them. Maybe I am older and the drawings are not nearly as impressive as they used too seem but that isn't to say they are not still entertaining films, they are but they do feel smaller now because our eyes have been stretched to new limits with computer animations. Disney's new film this Christmas "Frozen" is half way between hand drawn animation and 3D computer animations, we had a taster with "Paperman" this year (a short animation with the Wreck it Ralph release), so Frozen looks to embody the visual edge we desire from hand drawn animations while providing hopefully a richness found in painted illustrations. The Brother Bear HD release is excellent, the best release on to blu ray yet, the landscapes are impressive and the drawing standard was probably the highest achieved at the time. The Brother Bear special features are the same as before and still refreshing additions. Out of all the above mentioned, Brother Bear is the most attractive as a blu ray release because it's character drawings are still so impressive. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item, arrived exactly within the time I was ...
Great item,arrived exactly within the time I was given,item as described,very happy with this purchase
Published 2 days ago by cassandra lawler
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Disney Classic
This is a great film that is fun for the whole family. It has a very warm hearted storyline which is bound to make you want to watch it over and over again.
Published 2 months ago by Robert White
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated
Love this film alot, has a great storyline with beautiful animation and a great soundtrack, dont understand why brother bear dosnt get more love.
Published 2 months ago by danny7278
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I love this film almost as much as my 4 year old daughter. The reviews saying 'most' kids disengage after 10 minutes or so are completely wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Graddage
1.0 out of 5 stars faulty
i have recieved this and the features are faulty and there was a 2nd one sent out and this one was faulty also .... DO NOT BUY !
Published 3 months ago by Jordan Drakeford
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
Love this film absolutely brilliant, great price as well defo a must buy, kids will love it and so will adults haha
Published 4 months ago by samantha h
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I was very happy with this purchase as I always am with thing I get from Amazon and will always check to see if I can get from you before trying elsewhere.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. B. A. B. Ladd
5.0 out of 5 stars great
did exactly what it said on the tin just what i wanted thank you very much my kid loves it
Published 4 months ago by hannahcort
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother bear.
I bought this dvd for my nephew for christmas and he loves it 100% recomended thankyou very much i would buy again.
Published 7 months ago by John Coles
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality film.
Had this on video, great to watch it again on Dvd. Nice story with a meaning too.
Good service too.
Published 9 months ago by Liv Elliott
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