Brother Bear Review
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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 bonds.

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 laugh.

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)

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