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Brother Bear 2 (2006)

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The bonds of true friendship and love are powerful enough to persist through even the most extreme circumstances, but can even the strongest bond endure when a young man and a young woman are split apart by the spirits? Since being turned into a bear … see full wiki

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Excellent Direct-To-DVD Disney Fare

  • Aug 30, 2006
Rating:
+3
In the past, Disney has always seemed to have a considerable drop-off in story quality with their direct-to-dvd sequels. "Lion King 2" is a prime example of this. However, Disney's recent DVD sequels such as "Return To Neverland," "Tarzan 2," and "Lion King 1 1/2," have all been very good. Add "Brother Bear 2" to that group.

Love is in the air in this sequel to the underrated "Brother Bear." Joaquin Phoenix' role as Kenai has been gamely taken over by Patrick Dempsey. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas reprise their roles of Rutt and Tuke, the moose brothers. Jeremy Suarez also returns as Koda and Michael Clarke Duncan makes a brief appearance as his character, Tug, from the original film. Joining the cast in new roles are Mandy Moore as Nita, Wendie Malick as Aunt Siqiniq and the hilarious Wanda Sykes as wise-cracking and wisdom-filled, Innoko.

Kenai and Koda have been together for a long time, and their brotherly love is strong. However, when one of Kenai's old (and human) playmates attempts to marry, she finds out that she must destroy an amulet that Kenai gave her a long time ago. The problem is that she must burn it at the Equinox AND have Kenai accompany her. Granted the ability to speak to animals in order to find Kenai, Nita sets out on her quest. Once she finds Kenai, old flames begin to fan. Along the way, Rutt and Tuke take a few notes in wooing the fairer sex (in this case, moosettes) from both Kenai and Nita. Koda begins to feel left out as Kenai and Nita become closer. In the end (and in typical Disney fashion), the tale closes with all parties being happy. I won't give away any more info than that.

As far as the production goes, "Brother Bear 2" appears to have received a lot more attention than most direct-to-dvd sequels. It has a strong musical score and very good songs performed by Melissa Etheridge, though she'll surely be compared to Phil Collins' performance in the first film. The animation is very good as well.

The extras are pretty slim. There's an Etheridge praise segment about her songs in the film and a few sneak peeks. There's also a game that has Rutt and Tuke in it.

Overall, this is a very good film with a wonderful message of sacrifice and love for others. I highly recommend it and assure you that you'll be proud to have it on your DVD shelf with the rest of your Disney collection.

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