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The Country Bears (2002)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Music  |  26 July 2002 (USA)
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Based on an attraction at Disneyland, the Country Bear Jamboree, "The Country Bears" (2002) is one in a long line of live action Disney family films. The movie is a satire of Behind the ... See full summary »

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Based on an attraction at Disneyland, the Country Bear Jamboree, "The Country Bears" (2002) is one in a long line of live action Disney family films. The movie is a satire of Behind the Music rock & roll bands. Beary, a young bear raised by a human family in a world where humans and talking bears coexist, attempts to trace his roots. He meets up with the Country Bears, a long-since broken-up band, a parody of bands like the Eagles. Beary helps the Country Bears reunite for one final concert, while searching for who he truly is. Written by Matt Dicker

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,309,675 (USA) (26 July 2002)

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$16,988,996 (USA) (1 November 2002)
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Though Haley Joel Osment voices Beary, voice-actress Elizabeth Daily provided the singing voice for Beary. She is best known for voicing Tommy Pickles in Rugrats and Buttercup in The PowerPuff Girls. See more »

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After Beary and Henry get into the bus to go get the band, there is a shot of Beary hanging out the window of the side of the bus. In the shot, the bus is clean, but this is before the bus goes through the car wash. The next outside shot of the bus shows it dirty. See more »

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Henry: Get the band back together?
Big Al: You could do that.
Henry: For a show you need equipment, and tickets, and *people*, and everything.
Big Al: I could do that.
Henry: Oh, Al. Let's face it, in a week, some teenager's gonna be teaching us how to operate a deep-fryer.
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Big Al: We could do that.
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After the final credits, an outtake featuring Officers Hamm and Cheets shows them walking out of the car wash with shrunken clothes and wild hair. See more »

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Bearly Tolerable
4 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is without a doubt one of the creepiest kids movies I have ever seen. Scarier and even more grim than How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The Country Bears are based on an attraction at the Disneyland Theme Park, but who thought a movie on these creepy bears would be a good film and declare it greenlight? I remember when this film came out I said it was scary and odd. But in 2010, I faced my fear and pressed play on this pathetic excuse for a film.

If you've seen the bears in this movie, you know why this was panned. The bears are overwhelmingly fake and just cant be taken seriously. I believe that the technical effects were either CGI or just guys in suits. Either way, it looks appalling. Not one human cares that they are on the same floor as a bear. I'm waiting for the actor to just start laughing. How anyone, especially Christopher Walken can take this seriously is beyond me. This is a joke. Christopher Walken is a great actor, who's nice to see in a film, but he is just letting his career slip when doing crap like this and the 2006 "Comedy" Click.

The plot involves Beary (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) a bear obviously who runs away, after learning he is adopted, to Country Bear Hall to see the band try and reunite the band he idolizes after a ten year absence. Country Bear Hall is going to be tore down by Reed Thimple (Christopher Walken). Beary is determined to get the band back together to once more hear their music, and to save Country Bear Hall.

This plot probably wouldn't have pulled through for any other movie. The plot isn't special, we know they'll find a way to save it, and to top it all off, Country Bear Hall doesn't even exist so why care? But the fact that bears are the lead singers makes the film even worse. The imagination may have worked for a five year old kids dream or a thirty year old's nightmare, but an 88 minute movie watching bears prance around the stage singing cover songs is WAY too excessive. We should get a kick too on how Willie Nelson and Elton John state they got inspired by creepy talking bears. Did singing bears really inspire Willie and Elton to sing the spectacular songs they sing today? Who knows? Back to the Christopher Walken issue again, it's just an honest shame to see him waste his talents in an abysmal film like this. Its torture to watch a great actor do a poor job and play as someone he's not meant to play. Like Robert DeNiro in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Its a mystery why no other well known actors were used. If you're going to ruin Walken's career, why not take on Nicholas Cage's? Robert DeNiro's career? Leonardo DeCaprio's career? Or do they know better not to be in a film with bears? Probably, anyone would. Except for Walken.

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Michael Richardson, Diedrich Bader, Brad Garrett, Stephen Root, Toby Huss, Candy Ford, James Gammon. Directed by: Peter Hastings.


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