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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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Diedrich Bader, who plays Officer Ham, also provided the voice of Ted Bedderhead. See more »

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When Fred is in the boat on the way to save the rest of the crew, he turns the corner the boat goes up on one wheel and the two extra wheels underneath that make the stunt possible are briefly visible. 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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References Almost Famous (2000) See more »

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Even these actors can't save this film.
3 January 2003 | by (Macon, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

As I watched this movie, I couldn't help but think it must have been taken from the Disney Channel. Look at all the Disney standards: taken straight from, and in order to promote, their theme park division; hero feels out of place and quests for self-fulfillment; and random musical numbers totally out-of-place with the film (unlike animated musicals, the music in this movie is, in many cases, supposed to be spontaneously created from whatever's around, but is really overdone; it's hard to willfully suspend that much disbelief.).

One GOOD thing about the movie is that most of the cast is well-known (household names like Walken and Osment join veteran voice talents Huss and Root, alongside the familiar faces of Mitchell and Bader); yet even such a strong cast (which also features Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond) can't rescue a script (and premise) that was doomed from the start. The cops and mom are stereotypes, the dad is an exaggeration, and Dex, who SHOULD be the sanest family member, can't help but fall into Disney's "everyone loves everyone" mode despite his efforts not to. While most of this is allowable to some extent in a movie aimed to kids... this is excessive. I watched it with a group of kids, and most were bored. Seems to me that to really enjoy this movie, one must combine a child's tolerance for saccharine moments with an adult's attention span. Otherwise, it's a below-average movie propped up by strong acting talent and slick animatronics.


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