Beth Colcord is an at-home parent living in La Crescenta and mother
of fellow critic Mae Colcord.
“Brother Bear,” Disney’s newest animated feature, is a feast for
the eyes and ears. With the accompaniment of Phil Collins’ powerful
sound- track, we followed three Native American brothers as they
found out, through extra-ordinary circumstances, what it means to
love each other and to show compassion for the animals around them.
Kenai, who seeks revenge for his oldest brother’s death by hunting
and killing the bear that caused it, is himself transformed into a
bear by his brother’s spirit so that he may learn why his revengeful
actions are wrong.
Tanana, the shaman, tells Kenai the only way he can become a human
again is by finding his brother’s spirit where the “lights touch the
mountains.” Accompanying him on his journey is a bear cub named Koda
who, in the end, teaches Kenai the most about love. The bears are
joined by two comical moose that brought belly laughs to the
7-year-old beside me.
This film is inspirational, stunningly beautiful and has lots of
adventure. Be forewarned there are two death scenes that were
difficult for many of the youngest moviegoers. The ending will leave
you hopeful and wanting more, which is what you get if you stay
through the credits and watch the funny scenes that didn’t make the
Delights the family
Mae Colcord, 11, of La Crescenta, is in the sixth grade at Monte
Vista Elementary School.
“Brother Bear” is about a teenage boy named Kenai who lives with
his two older brothers, Denahi and Sitka. Kenai magically transforms
into a bear and can no longer talk to his people. His journey with
Koda, a young bear cub he meets on his way, takes him to the spirits
in the sky so he can turn back into a man.
He also meets two moose, Rutt and Tuke, who make the movie very
funny and interesting. Another fun part was when Kenai meets many new
bears and has a blast hanging out with them catching fish at the
I really liked how Kenai finally learns how important it is to
have love in your life. It was also great that Kenai learned bears
aren’t the ferocious beasts he thought they were. I thought “Brother
Bear” was both sad and happy, and think it will delight you and your
* “Brother Bear” runs 85 minutes and is rated G.