Disney’s animated movies are
often family favorites, and Brother Bear is certain to join those ranks. It’s a
coming-of-age story that focuses on the power of love and the strength of family
Kenai is the youngest of three Indian brothers on the verge of
receiving his animal totem, which is symbolic of what will guide him into adulthood.
During the ceremony, Kenai’s totem is revealed to be the Bear, which stands for love. He
isn’t crazy about it because it doesn’t feel as noble as wisdom or leadership—like the
totems his brothers received.
When tragedy strikes the family, Kenai
rejects his totem and tracks the bear that he blames for the death of his eldest brother.
After killing the animal, the spirit of his brother chooses to transform Kenai himself
into a bear to teach Kenai that animals feel love and have families—and that nature
should be respected.
My favorite supporting characters were the Moose
brothers with their heavy Canadian accents. They certainly kept me laughing, eh? And as
most Disney animated films do, there are subtle things said and done to make grown-ups
The ending of the film was surprising and reinforces the
positive messages of the film. Brother Bear is a magical movie for parents and
kids to share. It is also a fun date film—and when you’re finished, the DVD offers a
plethora of extras including animated outtakes, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette,
and a Phil Collins music video.
Grade: B+ (movie) A (DVD)