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Running Time:
81 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A pleasant, but completely predictable, animated adventure with all the usual Disney story elements that will keep the little ones entertained but disappoint most adults.

Additional Info:
DVD enhanced for 16x9 televisions, original theatrical aspect ratio (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions, "Rutt & Tuke's Commentary" - watch along with the hilarious moose from the film; Fully animated outtakes - exclusive to the DVD; Deleted scenes - including a funny new character; 2 exciting games featuring your favorite animals from the film; All-new song by Phil Collins, "Fishing Song"; Paths of Discovery: The Making of Brother Bear; "Look Through My Eyes" music video featuring Phil Collins.

Brother Bear
The film is full of gorgeous visuals and wonderful details, but it all seems strangely thin. Kenai, a young bear-hating man (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix) is transformed into a bear and goes on a journey with Koda, an orphaned cub (Jeremy Suarez). There's no traditional villain. Kenai and the bear cub are pursued not by an evil hunter, but by Kenaiís brother Denahi (Jason Raize), who believes that Kenai (the bear) killed Kenai (the human). There are relatively few supporting characters, aside from a hilarious pair of moose (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, from SCTV). And there are three travel montages solely accompanied by Phil Collins bland songs, that describe the screen action while the soundtrack roars. "Brother Bear" also has the misfortune of seeming like a rerun of Fox's similarly themed "Ice Age." The funniest bits seem to have been saved for the end credits. The film's animation is stunning when dealing with nature themes (the aurora borealis, landscapes, salmon run), but all the characters except for the moose are disappointing.

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