Thereís a lot of talk about Disney doing away with itís traditional cel animated features.
Thatís a shame.
Brother Bear is proof that Disney is still the best at the classic, cherished medium. Itís no Beauty and the Beast or Lion King, but itís a solid, entertaining film, mostly for kids, but with some laugh to get stodgy adults through the 80 or so minutes. Itís also a warm tear-jerker / feel good romp, but thatís OK.
For the record, my fave Disney piece is The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but that has some CGI in it, though itís mainly traditional cel animation.
Joaquin Phoenix supplies the voice for Kenai, a Native American (I didnít know the term Eskimo was politically incorrect, sorry!) that becomes a bear for reasons that may be considered spoilers. What ensues is actually quite politically correct and new agey, but thatís OK, because at times Brother Bear is a beautiful movie. I was even OK with the music, provided by Phil Collins, but he did a much better job with the music for Disneyís Tarzan.
After the commercial failure of TREASURE PLANET, a film I loved, by the way, I worry about how successful Brother Bear will be.
I mean, even if itís a huge success, Disney is still stopping old school animation so todayís spoiled brats can have more of their CGI stuff. But maybe if it is a success then at least the old way will get more respect, and some other studio will occasionally release a traditionally animated film.
One can only hope.