BROTHER BEAR

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Release Date: October 24, 2003

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy
Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick
Moranis, Dave Thomas, Michael
Clarke Duncan, D. B. Sweeny,
and Joan Copeland

Genre: Animated Drama/Fantasy

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr The pagan northwest
Indian world was not a
pleasant place. Feuds were
common, killings were
frequent, babies and the
elderly were left out to die,
animals were driven off cliffs
to kill them en masse, and
shamanism, with its totemism,
scared everyone. Every spirit
was out to get you - all the
animals, trees, and
nature-embodied spirits. When
something bad happened, you
were sure someone put a curse
on you so you'd put a curse on
him, and this would escalate
to killing. The shamen
manipulated all this for their
own benefit. This pagan world
is the world of BROTHER BEAR,
but it has been highly
sanitized. Here, the shaman is
a loving guide, the ancestors
and totems are there to help
you, and, for the most part,
people seem to be having fun
worshipping nature. . . a far
cry from the truth. This pagan
worldview of the movie is
seamless, but it shows how far
we've descended into darkness
from the light of
civilization. This truth about
pagan cultures must be told to
any child who sees this movie.
On the other hand, BROTHER
BEAR has a moral point, which
is not to seek revenge, but to
try to see things through
another's eyes. Kenai is a
young Indian boy with two
older brothers. He is
hotheaded and always fighting
with his middle brother. When
a bear steals their catch of
fish, Kenai goes after the
bear. His two brothers follow
to protect him. Kenai's hate
for bears is ironic because
the Great Spirits have given
him his totem - a carved bear,
the symbol of love. He is
deeply disappointed. In the
battle with his bear, his
older brother, Sitka, gives up
his life to save Kenai. Kenai,
enraged, goes after the bear
to kill it. When he does, the
Great Spirits turn him into a
bear. His other brother,
Denahi, thinks that Kenai has
been killed and now wants to
kill Kenai the bear. Kenai
discovers a little bear cub,
Koda. Koda leaves him to the
mountain where the ancestors
appear, so that he can turn
back into a man. Along the way
they meet two crazy moose,
Rutt and Tuke, who add comic
humor to the quest. Kenai's
transformation is complete
when he finds out it was
Koda's mother he had
killed. BROTHER BEAR is a
three-hankie movie. The
reviewers were crying. The
ending will nail the audience.
It is very touching. The
animation is terrific, even
though it's 2-D, with
beautiful paintings of the
country. In fact, the animals
and the countryside become
characters in the movie. When
Kenai turns into a bear, his
vision sharpens and the movie
becomes cinemascope. All the
people who worked on this
movie whom we interviewed
wanted the movie to give
positive messages to children.
The problem is that the movie
makes one think that the
ancestors will rescue us and
that overcoming one's sin
nature can be achieved by just
looking at the world from
another point of view. The
only answer for sinful, fallen
man is Jesus Christ. Thus, by
suggesting that there is
another way, BROTHER BEAR, as
sweet, warm-hearted and well
made as it is, will lead
children astray. Please
address your comments
to: Michael Eisner,
Chairman/CEO The Walt Disney
Company (Buena Vista,
Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood
Pictures, Miramax) Dick Cook,
Chairman Walt Disney
Pictures 500 South Buena Vista
Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818)
560-1000 Website:
www.disney.com

Rating: G

Runtime:

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista/Walt Disney Company

Director: Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker

Executive Producer:

Producer: Chuck Williams

Writer: Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron,
David Hoselton, Steve Bencich,
and Ron J. Friedman

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Content:

(PaPaPa, OO, EE, B, VV, M) Strong pagan worldview includes witchcraft, totem worship, environmentalism, and ancestor worship, but with a moral message that you need to be transformed and look through another person's eyes so you can understand their point of view; no foul language; lots of animated action violence with bears fighting, Indians fighting, bears fighting Indians, animals killed, Indians killed, mom dropping off cliff; no sex; no nudity; no smoking; no drinking; and, revenge rebuked.

GENRE: Animated Drama/Fantasy

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Summary:

Disney's animated BROTHER BEAR tells the story of Kenai, an American Indian boy who learns to love nature. Beautifully animated with an emotionally powerful ending, BROTHER BEAR nevertheless has a pagan worldview that includes witchcraft and ancestor worship.

Review:

The pagan northwest Indian world was not a pleasant place. Feuds were common, killings were frequent, babies and the elderly were left out to die, animals were driven off cliffs to kill them en masse, and shamanism, with its totemism, scared everyone. Every spirit was out to get you - all the animals, trees, and nature-embodied spirits. When something bad happened, you were sure someone put a curse on you so you'd put a curse on him, and this would escalate to killing. The shamen manipulated all this for their own benefit.

This pagan world is the world of BROTHER BEAR, but it has been highly sanitized. Here, the shaman is a loving guide, the ancestors and totems are there to help you, and, for the most part, people seem to be having fun worshipping nature. . . a far cry from the truth. This pagan worldview of the movie is seamless, but it shows how far we've descended into darkness from the light of civilization. This truth about pagan cultures must be told to any child who sees this movie. On the other hand, BROTHER BEAR has a moral point, which is not to seek revenge, but to try to see things through another's eyes.

Kenai is a young Indian boy with two older brothers. He is hotheaded and always fighting with his middle brother. When a bear steals their catch of fish, Kenai goes after the bear. His two brothers follow to protect him. Kenai's hate for bears is ironic because the Great Spirits have given him his totem - a carved bear, the symbol of love. He is deeply disappointed. In the battle with his bear, his older brother, Sitka, gives up his life to save Kenai. Kenai, enraged, goes after the bear to kill it. When he does, the Great Spirits turn him into a bear. His other brother, Denahi, thinks that Kenai has been killed and now wants to kill Kenai the bear. Kenai discovers a little bear cub, Koda. Koda leaves him to the mountain where the ancestors appear, so that he can turn back into a man. Along the way they meet two crazy moose, Rutt and Tuke, who add comic humor to the quest. Kenai's transformation is complete when he finds out it was Koda's mother he had killed.

BROTHER BEAR is a three-hankie movie. The reviewers were crying. The ending will nail the audience. It is very touching. The animation is terrific, even though it's 2-D, with beautiful paintings of the country. In fact, the animals and the countryside become characters in the movie. When Kenai turns into a bear, his vision sharpens and the movie becomes cinemascope.

All the people who worked on this movie whom we interviewed wanted the movie to give positive messages to children. The problem is that the movie makes one think that the ancestors will rescue us and that overcoming one's sin nature can be achieved by just looking at the world from another point of view. The only answer for sinful, fallen man is Jesus Christ. Thus, by suggesting that there is another way, BROTHER BEAR, as sweet, warm-hearted and well made as it is, will lead children astray.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

The Walt Disney Company

(Buena Vista, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax)

Dick Cook, Chairman

Walt Disney Pictures

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

Website: www.disney.com

SUMMARY: Disney's animated BROTHER BEAR tells the story of Kenai, an American Indian boy who learns to love nature. Beautifully animated with an emotionally powerful ending, BROTHER BEAR nevertheless has a pagan worldview that includes witchcraft and ancestor worship.

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