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The Country Bears (2002)

Based on an attraction at Disneyland, the Country Bear Jamboree, this movie is one in a long line of live action Disney family films. The movie is a satire of "Behind the Music" rock and ... See full summary »

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Trixie St. Claire (voice)
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Big Al (voice)
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Fred Bedderhead (voice)
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Tennessee O'Neal (voice)
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Based on an attraction at Disneyland, the Country Bear Jamboree, this movie is one in a long line of live action Disney family films. The movie is a satire of "Behind the Music" rock and 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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It's A Bear Getting The Family Together! See more »


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26 July 2002 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,309,675, 28 July 2002, Wide Release

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$16,988,996, 3 November 2002
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An outside shot of Country Bear Hall pans up to the night sky to shot a constellation, the Big Dipper aka Ursa Major aka Big Bear. See more »

Goofs

When the phone tracing is being set up in the Barrington house, Officer Cheets hangs up the handset on a phone. In the next shot it is still in his hand. See more »

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Reed Thimple: This is not over! Bears!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the credits, additional clips of music personalities telling their "memories" of the Country Bears are played on a video screen. See more »

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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: The Avengers (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Can Love Stand the Test
Written by John Hiatt
Produced by Glyn Johns
Performed by Don Henley and Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt appears courtesy of Capitol/EMI Records
Don Henley appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Even these actors can't save this film.
3 January 2003 | by 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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