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Disney on autopilot.
on 10 November 2015
Disney’s Brother Bear is traditional and very handsome hand drawn animation, with occasional CGI inserts, that makes absolutely no attempt to be anything other than a simple, entertaining and colourful cartoon aimed squarely at kids. Comparisons with Disney’s very successful The Lion King (the circle of life thing) are inevitable and are in some ways fair, but on the whole Brother Bear is a sturdy if slightly insipid standalone tale with enough spirit and spectacle to keep younger audiences happy.
This coming of age tale about a young Native American who is turned magically into a bear, and in doing so learns what it is like to be hunted, is not very subtle and it’s not going to win any Pulitzers, but it’s perfect and familiar Disney territory and was diverting enough and keep my 5 year old watching for a rather short 82 minutes. Disney’s attempt to create another Lion King rather backfired as critics generally gave it a roasting and it did not do well at the box office.
With a few decent songs written and performed by Phil Collins and Tina Turner, lovely old fashioned animation, a few good laughs, and two very funny Moose characters, Brother Bear just about keeps it head above water, even though it’s definitely in the shallow end of the Gene Pool.
Unremarkable, but good looking and engaging.