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Brother Bearhas a dramatic story--after he kills a bear, a young hunter named Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix,Gladiator) in prehistoric North America is turned into a bear himself and hunted by his own brother--but the animated movie's tone is more earnest and warm than tragic, focusing on the unfolding relationship between Kenai and an orphaned bear cub named Koda (voiced by Jeremy Suarez). However, it's often the comic supporting characters who prove the most popular, and a pair of moose voiced by Rick Moranis and Doug Thomas in their McKenzie brothers/Canadian dude mode (fromSCTVand the movieStrange Brew) will win many fans. The songs by Phil Collins are typically negligible, but the hand-drawn animation is lush (occasional flashes of computer-generated animation clash with the movie's overall look). Kids will also enjoy the mammoths; no sabre-toothed tigers, unfortunately.--Bret Fetzer
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CastJoaquin Phoenix, Dave Thomas, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Jason Raize
DirectorRobert Walker, Aaron Blaise
Screen WriterChris Williams, Brian Pimental, David Hoselton, Aurian Redson, Broose Johnson
DVD Release Date:  March 30, 2004
Runtime:  85 minutes
Studio:  Walt Disney Video
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review by . April 01, 2004
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"Brother Bear" is a good family movie. It has a good message to it and the story is very enjoyable to watch. The cub, "Koda," is fun to watch and the moose brothers, "Rut and Tuke," are just hilarious. The movie's message of loving one another and protecting family is fantastic. The entire film has a good "family" feel to it without coming across as too gushy or preachy.It's also a great comedy. There are multiple scenes in the film that make children of all ages laugh. My two-year old loves watching …
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