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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
DELIGHTFUL movie for kids and adults. Love the music!
*WARNING: MAY CONTAIN MILD SPOILERS* One of those rare movies that the whole family, from toddlers to parents, can enjoy, on different levels. Parents: this one's 100% kid safe. My kids are grown, but I bought the DVD for myself. I love the music.
The songs are terrific -- great soundtrack -- especially for those who like Eagles-style music. John Hiatt and Bonnie Raitt supply two of the voices, including one very fine duet. (One of the cameo scenes features Eagles Don Henley and Bonnie Raitt. You'll also spot Elton John and Queen Latifah). Brian Setzer (of the Stray Cats) has a flaming musical "duel" with Country Bear, Fred Bedderhead. The soundtrack also includes Elton John and The Guess Who, among others.
This is not a movie to over-think. Just relax, suspend disbelief, sit back and enjoy the movie's clever, silly humor which, like the farcical storyline, operates at both kid and adult levels. A typically villainous Christopher Walken is a hoot as the banker determined to tear down Country Bear Hall, as is Eli Marienthal as older brother, Dex, the movie's lonely voice of reality.
The Country Bears offers not only fun and laughter, terrific music, and a feel-good story, but also a positive message for kids, delivered in a light-hearted, simple, entertaining way.
It's hard for me to compare The Country Bears with similar movies because few movies of this type have such a strong musical emphasis. But if you take out the music factor, I might compare it to *Finding Nemo* (for positive family values) or *Harvey* & the 1998 TV *Ransom of Red Chief* with Christopher Lloyd (for a similar style of very dry humor) or *Toy Story* & *Shrek* (for children's fun movies).
Movies do not have to be great to be really good, fun entertainment. This one's good for you or your family, one of the best of its genre that I've ever seen...again and again.
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