Brother Bear
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +2

This animated adventure comedy is about three Native American brothers who live in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the Ice Age. Kenai (voice by Joaquin Phoenix), the youngest of the three, is transformed through a series of events into a bear, which is an animal he despises. As he discovers the world though a new perspective, he is befriended by a bear cub named Koda (Jeremy Suarez) who has lost his way. The two have a humorous encounter with a pair of misguided moose (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas), but then Kenai finds himself being hunted by his own human brother who does not realize that his missing brother is this bear. In order to become a man again, he must find the place where the spirits touch the mountain. With the help of some new animal friends, he has many adventures and learns some important lessons.

Not one of Disneys better pictures, Brother Bear drags while the story is beginning. Children in the audience did not seem to take interest in the film until the transformation of the man into the bear, at which time the film takes on an entirely different feeling. There are several scenes of violence including fights between men and the bear as well as a man who falls from the top of a glacier and is killed. The statement is made that the world is filled with magic. The northern lights are believed to be the source of the magic and are the spirits of the characters ancestors. When the man becomes a bear, he sees the world in a new light and learns the importance of walking in the steps of others, in this case bears, in order to understand them. Animals are portrayed as having the same value as humans. Positive themes include love and forgiveness. Preview recommends this film with caution; parents may want to be prepared to explain the differences between biblical teachings and superstitions.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Distributor: Walt Disney

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Few times mild (men and bear fight, man falls from glacier and is killed, small bear hits big bear in order to release him from trap)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Talk of spirits and magic, animals and humans go to same place when they die, animals regarded as important as humans
Running Time: 85 minutes.
Intended Audience: Children and Adults

Copyright Preview Family Movie Review (