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In a beautiful written piece for the New York Times, Trevor Noah paints a picture of his childhood with his mother

Brother Bear

2006-03-30 12:21

This is the story of three brothers who lived long ago - when the great mammoths still roamed the magnificent, unspoiled American Northwest.

Kenai, the youngest of the brothers, is about to receive his totem - a symbol revealed by the Great Spirits to help guide him through life. When Tanana, the village shaman, presents him with a carved bear - the symbol of love - he is deeply disappointed. He had been hoping for something more important - like the eagle totem (representing guidance) received by his oldest brother Sitka, or the wolf totem (for wisdom) of his brother, Denahi.

Shortly after, Kenai discovers that a bear has stolen his basket of fish, and impulsively charges after the animal. His brothers pick up his trail and race off to protect him. Trapped in a fierce confrontation, Sitka makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his siblings by breaking off a piece of glacier. He plunges to his death while the bear emerges unharmed from the waters below.

Ignoring Denahi's advice Kenai tracks down the bear and kills it in revenge for Sitka's death. At that moment, the Great Spirits descend on Kenai and transform him into the very creature that he most despises.

While Kenai struggles to adjust to his new bear body, Tanana appears and informs him that it was the spirit of Sitka who was responsible for the transformation and that Kenai can find him on the "mountain where the light touches the earth." Soon Kenai is on the most unusual adventure of his life, meeting new friends and learning to see the world through another's eyes.

What the critics are saying:

" fare like this only gives more power to the pixel-pushers. If it's top-drawer contemporary Disney you're after, go find Nemo instead."
- Matthew Leyland, BBCi Films

"Brother Bear just doesn't have the original Disney spark; rather it seems like a paint-by-numbers marketing venture."
- Sue Pierman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"The good news is that this is mostly good old-fashioned hand-drawn Disney animation. The bad news is that it relies too much on old-fashioned formula, hackneyed plot and cookie-cutter characters."
- C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

Disney's latest animated adventure is pleasant, beautifully drawn and safe for kids - but it lacks the essential creative spark of classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

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Antoinette Pienaar 2004-03-18 07:32 PM
Brother Bear Good family viewing I recommend Brother Bear

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