With all of the conversation surrounding Brother Bear I thought it might be helpful to discuss the intracacies and finer points since there have been such a wide variety of opinions discussed. First, I'll reiterate by saying I think it was a fine movie. I'd give it a solid "B" with perhaps a "B+" leaning. I think BB started out slow, but that seems to me to be quite common in setting up a story. It was here that some so called duplicity could be seen, but I challenge anyone to tell me how a story involving Native Americans CANNOT have a somewhat similar feel as Pochahontas, for example. The same with talking animals, or any other group, there are bound to be similarities, I think. The animators are drawing fictitious characters with typical stereotypical features or actions...Koda as a young orphaned bear cub almost can't help but resembling Simba at the same stage of their life because cute, cuddly & likeable is the obvious goal. I think the biggest flaw to the movie (for me) was the bear reunion/salmon river scenes. It seemed like a long way to go to get to only a couple necessary moments. I think they were probably aiming for beauty and serenity but to me it just dragged. Of the music, the best and I think soon to be classic song was "I'm On My Way"...The way they had Koda start out singing as it related to him, then taken over by Phil Collins for the journey was great, IMO. I had no problems with Tina Turner's song nor any of the others but I doubt they'll reach the lofty status that "I'm On My Way" might, but I was very pleased to have original music again be a part of their animated movie. A big difference in this film from most of Disney's other animated movies is the tear factor...Not that it was there but at what point of the film it took place. Perhaps I'm wrong about this, but have there been (many) other movies where the big sappy scene came at the end? Where such a frieghtening and monumental moment occured as the movie was concluding? I think this was a powerful ending and an excellent way to leave the "proper choice" message ingrained in the children viewers mind... OK, thats enough for me. Your turn, what do you guys think?