25 March 2013 9:10 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the Disney canon, few recent films are less-remembered than “Brother Bear,” a movie that came out as acclaim and animation legacy was transitioning from the Mouse House to Pixar. It’s one of the last hand-drawn animation films in the history of Disney and came at a time when CGI was about to dominate. Only ten years old, it looks more like an early ’90s product. And yet it was huge. It made over $250 million worldwide. So, it clearly has serious fans who will love to own it and its straight-to-dvd sequel, “Brother Bear 2,” in HD.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Brother Bear” is a sweet, gentle film that came out at a time when Pixar was revolutionizing the form. It also feels just a bit too much like a retread of stuff that Disney had done before, both in classics and even recently in films like “The Lion King” and “Pocahontas. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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