Brother Bear

Brother Bear

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Director: Aaron Blaise, Bob Walker

Cast: Aaron Blaise, Bob Walker, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez

     
 

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The Oscar-nominated animated feature Brother Bear comes to DVD with this feature-packed two-disc set from Disney. The film is presented in a pair of transfers. The widescreen 2.35:1 transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film, while a second image is presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The supplemental materials strike a nice balanceSee more details below

Overview

The Oscar-nominated animated feature Brother Bear comes to DVD with this feature-packed two-disc set from Disney. The film is presented in a pair of transfers. The widescreen 2.35:1 transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film, while a second image is presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The supplemental materials strike a nice balance between providing fun stuff for kids and more substantive filmmaking information for movie lovers. A fairly involved making-of documentary, deleted scenes, interactive games, and a music video for the Phil Collins song "Look Through My Eyes," are all fine, but the best part of the disc is the commentary delivered by Rutt and Tuke, the moose in the film voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. They are very entertaining and will bring a smile to the viewer's face regardless of age. This is a solid release from Disney DVD.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Nominated for an Academy Award, this mystical coming-of-age fable offers a compelling story, some awe-inspiring animation, a menagerie of cute and comical critters, and power anthems by Phil Collins. Brother Bear also marks, if not the end of an era, at least an interruption, as Disney famously closed its Florida animation studio after completing the production. The film's lead character is Kenai, an Ice Age youth eagerly awaiting his manhood ceremony, where he will be given the totem that is said to guide its owner through life. Kenai is disappointed that his totem is "love," even though it's regarded as the most precious of all. But what's love got to do with it when a bear kills his brother? The vengeful Kenai hunts the beast down and kills it, only to be transformed into a bear himself. Here, in the theatrical version of the film included in this two-disc set, the movie goes through its own transformation; a Wizard of Oz-like demarcation at the 24-minute mark when the aspect ratio widens to reflect Kenai's new, ursine perspective. En route to a mountaintop where his late brother's spirit may return him to human form, Kenai is joined by Koda, a frolicsome young bear who shows Kenai the ropes. Though Kenai insists that Koda "keep all the cuddly bear stuff to a minimum," it is not long before the feisty and adorable cub inspires a change of heart in Kenai. SCTV fans will delight in two tag-along moose characters, Rutt and Tuke, voiced by the McKenzie brothers themselves, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Beauty, eh? The funniest moose since Bullwinkle, they also provide the commentary, which alone is worth the price of purchase. If it is true that Disney has decided to forsake for the foreseeable future traditional cel-animated features, then Brother Bear is a triumphant swan song -- or bear song, if you prefer.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Brother Bear is a piece of familiar Disney material. The tale of learning to walk a mile in someone else's fur involves the young hot-headed Kenoia (voice of Joaquin Phoenix) being transformed into a bear by his older brother in order to learn compassion. The sentiments expressed in the film are run-of the-mill love-thy-neighbor bromides that are great for youngsters but, considering the two-dimensional character development, will seem familiar and dull to parents. Brother Bear does have some good animation. The film was hand-drawn, a technique which, at the time, was being touted as soon-to-be-dead. The film is pleasant to look at, unlike the computer effects-heavy Treasure Planet. Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis provide a few welcome moments of humor as a pair of Canadian moose who sound more than a little like their Strange Brew characters Bob and Doug McKenzie. While the film offers no surprises, it certainly lives up to the studio's brand name.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
UPC:
0786936224023
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
6,081

Special Features

Closed Caption; Three viewing options: Family-friendly aspect ratio (1.66:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions; original theatrical aspect ratio (2.35:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 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 new character; Two 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Kenai
Jeremy Suarez Koda
Rick Moranis Rutt
Jason Raize Denahi
Dave Thomas Tuke
D.B. Sweeney Sitka
Joan Copeland Tanana
Michael Clarke Duncan Tug
Harold Gould Old Denahi
Paul Christie Ram #1
Daniel Mastrogiorgio Ram #2
Estelle Harris Old Lady Bear

Technical Credits
Aaron Blaise Director
Bob Walker Director
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Steven Bencich Screenwriter
Lorne Cameron Screenwriter
Phil Collins Score Composer,Songwriter
Ron J. Friedman Screenwriter
Mary Hidalgo Casting
David Hoselton Screenwriter
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Tim Mertens Editor
Tab Murphy Screenwriter
Robh Ruppel Art Director
Chuck Williams Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brother Bear
1. Prologue: Denahi Remembers [:02]
2. "Great Spirits" [2:00]
3. Kenai's Ceremony [2:00]
4. Glacier Fight [3:12]
5. Goodbye Sitka [:12]
6. Argument [:12]
7. "Transformation" [:27]
8. Bear's Eye View [:36]
9. Rutt & Tuke [:36]
10. Meet Koda [:34]
11. Ice Cave [1:42]
12. Denahi Finds the Ice Cave [:14]
13. "On My Way" [:14]
14. Nightmare on the Mammoths [:44]
15. I Spy [:25]
16. Abandoned Village [:25]
17. Butting Heads [:29]
18. Valley of Fire [:18]
19. Arrival at the Run [:18]
20. "Welcome" (aka Fishing Song) [:25]
21. Bear Party [2:39]
22. No Way Out/Kenai's Confession [:14]
23. Denahi Sees a Sign [:14]
24. Moose's Advice [:16]
25. Mountain-Top Fight [:47]
26. Epilogue: "Great Spirits Reprise" [:23]
27. Vignettes/End Credits [:23]
28. "Look Through My Eyes" [2:10]

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