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The Country Bears

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The Country Bears

The Country Bears

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
88 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/26/02
performer:
Haley Joel Osment, Brad Garrett, Don Henley, Elton John, Queen Latifah, Eli Marienthal, Willie Nelson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Christopher Walken
director:
Peter Hastings
distributor:
Walt Disney Pictures
genre:
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a C

This is a movie based on a Disney theme park attraction. This is a movie in which people in animatronic bear suits pretend to be real talking bears who were once members of a famous country music band and are now just aging, working-stiff bears. Then a preteen bear (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) who’s sad because he doesn’t resemble the rest of his adopted non-bear family reunites the band through a combination of flattery and nagging. It’s sort of an ursine ”The Last Waltz,” with more costumes and no direction from Martin Scorsese.

The whole talking-animal thing is grisly in The Country Bears, but there are some diversions. Christopher Walken delivers a singular, non-Method performance as a mean (non-bear) bank manager who performs an armpit-fart version of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. And non-bear musicians including Elton John and Queen Latifah make cameo appearances.

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