Following the tepid reception that the action-heavy Atlantis and Treasure Planet received, Brother Bear marks a return to a more traditional format for Disney. Animal characters, a forest setting, and an abundance of Phil Collins songs remind one somewhat of Tarzan. At a time when the viability of 2D animation in general, and Disney’s in particular, is widely challenged, Brother Bear is a surprisingly modest picture which delivers the usual package of fun, wonder, and life lessons in an unassuming manner. However, lest one summarily writes it off as an assembly line product, the plot does have a trick or two up its sleeve.
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