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The Country Bears (2002)

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Beary Barrington goes on an adventure to save Country Bear Hall by getting the Country Bears back together for a reunion concert.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Beary Barrington (voice)
... Officer Cheets / Ted Bedderhead (voice)
... Trixie St. Claire (voice)
... Big Al (voice)
... Fred Bedderhead (voice)
... Tennessee O'Neal (voice)
... Henry Dixon Taylor (voice)
... Zeb Zoober (voice)
... Reed Thimple
... Norbert Barrington
... Officer Hamm (as Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell)
... Roadie
... Rip Holland
... Mrs. Barrington
... Dex Barrington
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$16,988,996, 3 November 2002
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Trivia

After Tennessee and Trixie's performance in the bar, a bar patron comments that it was better than Eagles. The patron is Don Henley, who is one of the founding members of the Eagles and who provided the singing voice for Tennessee. The female companion he says it to is Bonnie Raitt, who provided the voice for Trixie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Reed Thimple: Do you like the sound of crunching wood? I do.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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1812 Overture
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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