Movie Review: The Country Bears

Rated G
Walt Disney Pictures
By Liz Smith

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What's good:

The on-the-road adventures of Beary Barrington. When the little bear feels out of place in his adopted human family, he sets out to find his destiny at Country Bear Hall, where "you can feel different and still fit in." Upon arriving, Beary learns that the infamous venue is in danger of being torn down; he makes it his mission to reunite the legendary Country Bears for a benefit concert to save the hall.

Crowd-pleasing moments include lively musical routines by Krystal Marie Harris, Jennifer Paige, and the Country Bears, along with some funny cameos by rock 'n' roll legends Don Henley, Elton John, Queen Latifah, and Bonnie Raitt. Young kids will enjoy the rousing musical numbers and goofy, slapstick comedy, especially the two bumbling police officers' encounter with a car wash. Parents, meanwhile, will get a chuckle out of some of the grownup jokes such as the one bear's "sticky honey" problem and Ted Bedderhead's Tom Jones impersonation.

Watch out for:

the 88-minute running time, which feels a little long and may cause adults and very young children to fidget.

 

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