The Lion King, although hardly realistic in real world terms, used the sense of mystic powers and the circle of life to add a fascinating theme underlying the story which was believable. However Brother Bear tries very hard to build on its ancient and mystical undertones, but in my opinion this is what seems to make the movie seem just a little far fetched. The story has everything else to make it an enjoyable experience but something just seems to be missing overall and the story just doesn't quite click together. There are some light comedic moments thrown in to help when the story gets heavy, but again it just feels like these have been thrown in with no real character development. I also felt the moral undertones of the story were used to hit the viewer over the head just too much and any emotional pay off felt forced and unnatural. I enjoyed the movie and didn't even mind the Phil Collins produced score and songs, it is just the main product just doesn't quite capture the usual Disney magic.
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