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Brother Bear [DVD]

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MGYH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,446 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr Red on 8 May 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2004
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "garethharvey" on 14 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carly hussey on 26 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you collect the disney classics don't buy this dvd as it has no number on the spine very disappointed as it doesn't state this in the description
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Franzen on 27 July 2004
Format: DVD
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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Having owned and watched at some point the majority of Disney movies including the straight to dvds ones - many times over, BrotherBear is certainly a classic worthy of repeated views and easily up there with Tazan,LionKing, Aladdin..no quesion.

Age range..well..any child nearing 5 upwards..and honestly for every age group over that. Honest.

It is a beautiful film, with a beautiful original message at it's heart. Add to the - love him or loathe him - Phil Collins mastery soundtrack work. In fact it's a shame Tina Turner sung his opener and also 'Look into my Eyes' is virtually lost in the movie ( arriving end of the credits ). Sterling work..the transformation sequence, including Phils drumns and vocals/chants...really are stunning.

Grown up themes at times..but my nearing 5 daughter said to me, I really believe this is what happens when you go to heaven. And thats good enough for me. The spirits in the sky..transforming...beautiful. And so much better than dreary notions of churchs and hymns which - sadly - schools drums into kids.

The dvd itself is excellent value..plenty of behind the scenes snippets, makings of, deleted scenes...a shame actually some of them didnt make the movie. Could be wrong, but i seem to recall the movie having a slightly troubled history - two directors etc etc..perhaps this shows...I do feel Phil Collins music could of been used more.

No hesitation - a must-buy from me. Again, kids under 4/5 probably not..the just won't get it..and sit through some of the earlier..slightly adult..themes...but for everyone else..enjoy.

Unlike a few - this one really is worthy of being called a Disney Classic. ( You'll cry your heart out near the end btw!!!..but don't worry tears will of dried up as the credits roll. )
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