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Brother Bear 2

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 12, 2013

MPAA Rating:

G


Run Time:

74

Director

Ben Gluck

Cast

Patrick Dempsey

Mandy Moore

Rick Moranis

Dave Thomas

Studio

2006 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

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Still shot from the movie: Brother Bear 2.

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OverallB+
ViolenceB-
SexA-
LanguageA
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time74

Making the Grades

Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas a.k.a. Bob and Doug McKenzie) reprise their roles as a couple of dimwitted moose in this sequel to Disney's Brother Bear. But they aren't the only things in this animation that may seem familiar.

Picking up shortly after the last movie ended, Kenai (the boy-turned-bear voiced by Patrick Dempsey) and his adopted brother cub Koda (Benjamin Bryan) are greatly amused by the twitter-patted state (think Bambi) of their older forest friends. Both are convinced they're immune to the affects of spring fever until they cross paths with Nita (Mandy Moore).

It so happens the beautiful human female (a cross between Pocahontas and Mulan) was once a childhood companion of Kenai (just like the main characters in The Lion King). During those early years, a life-threatening incident somehow bonded the two of them together. Now, on the advice of the tribe's wise woman, Nita is on a mission to find her estranged chum and undo the ties entangling them. Apparently, this is the only way for the bear and the girl to move forward independently, and for Nita to marry the man to whom she has been betrothed.

Having been given a gift to communicate with animals, Nita explains the steps necessary for accomplishing the separation. As the instructions include taking a three-day journey to a sacred location, the pair sets out with young Koda in tow. Along the way, the travelers meet up with other woodland creatures, brave the forces of nature, undergo perilous adventures, face personal fears -- and rediscover feelings they had long forgotten. Yet the memories are bittersweet because neither can be part of each other's world (... just like The Little Mermaid).

Despite the many recycled elements in this Beauty and the Beast type story, Brother Bear 2 still offers enough entertainment to keep most viewers engaged, with only the very smallest of audience members likely to be frightened by moments when the characters are in danger. The romantically challenged moose also provide opportunities for slapstick comedy and mild sexual innuendo. Meanwhile, the overriding themes of friendship, brotherly love, sacrifice, and looking beyond appearances contribute to another well-known Disney movie trait-- the feel-good, happily-ever-after ending.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Brother Bear 2.

How do you feel about Nita’s father’s statement, “Once you love someone, they stay in your heart forever”? How were his words applied to the many different relationships depicted in this movie?

How many similarities to other Disney storylines and character portrayals and animations can you find in Brother Bear 2?

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Brother Bear 2.

Past Disney animations are well represented in this made for home-video sequel. Check out the following movies that have provided inspiration: Brother Bear, Bambi, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Brother Bear 2...

Home Video Notes: Brother Bear and Brother Bear 2: Blu-ray Combo Pack

Release Dates:  12 March 2013

Disney’s Brother Bear and Brother Bear 2 release to blu-ray in a combo pack. Bonus materials include:

Brother Bear (Blu-ray)

- Deleted Song

- Deleted Scenes

- Animated Outtakes

- Sing-Along Songs

- Music Video

- The Making Of Brother Bear

Brother Bear 2 (Blu-ray)

- Behind The Music Of Brother Bear 2

Brother Bear DVD

- Animated Outtakes

- Sing-Along Songs

Brother Bear 2 DVD

- Behind The Music Of Brother Bear 2

DVD Release Date: 29 August 2006

Explore the world of the direct-to-DVD movie Brother Bear 2 with a making-of the music featurette showcasing the work of Melissa Etheridge, or play the moose game Trample Off, Eh?. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0).

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