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The Country Bears
The Country Bears
Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader, Candy Ford, James Gammon, Brad Garrett
Director: Peter Hastings
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
G     2002     1hr 28min

Disney's legendary group comes alive as The Country Bears star in their first feature film. Chronicling one of the most heartwarming family adventures ever, The Country Bears is packed with hilarious comedy, fantastic ...  more »

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Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader, Candy Ford, James Gammon, Brad Garrett
Director: Peter Hastings
Creators: Mitchell Amundsen, George Bowers, Seth Flaum, Andrew Gunn, Jeffrey Chernov, John G. Scotti, Mark Perez
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy, Family Films, Musicals
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Live
DVD Release Date: 12/17/2002
Original Release Date: 07/26/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 07/26/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, French

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Movie Reviews

Me slamming the critics who slammed this movie...
McCthulhu | Canada | 03/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I found out there was going to be a film based on the now defunct Disney attraction I was looking forward to it. After reading media reviews, however, I was certain this movie was going to be a certifiable dud. Which only proves you should never listen to the media critics.The movie is about a young bear whose favourite band (something like a cross between the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead, but all bears)has been disbanded for 10 years, and their iconic hall (something like the grand ole opry) is going to be destroyed by an unscrupulous landlord. The movie doesn't have the typical non-stop slapstick comedy kids films seem to think are necessary (although the carwash scene definitely made me laugh). Most of the fun parts revolve around the cameos by Brian Setzer, Queen Latifah, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, etc and if you're a fan of country-rock and blues, you should like the film. The appeal should be there if you feel nostalgic about the old Disney country bear hall too. While young children might find the film slow, older kids and adults who recognize the value of getting back something lost and a good music soundtrack should appreciate the movie."
Probably the best movie ever!
Shirley Priscilla Johnson | 12/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"That's rediculous that hardly anyone likes this movie! It had everything from music,jokes,etc. The DVD didn't have as much bonus materials as [I wanted], but still a great DVD."
It Won't Put You Into Hibernation
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 04/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

""The Country Bears" is a good family film. It isn't the best movie Disney ever cranked out, but it will hold your attention for about an hour and a half. It follows the story of young Beary Barrington, a boy/bear unsure of his purpose in life. He doesn't fit in with his human family(or at least that's what he thinks), so he sets out for "Country Bear Hall," where he believes he'll fit in. When he gets there, the place is about to be leveled to the ground, so he decides to reunite the band for a benefit concert. What follows is a good, clean family film about friendship, family, and tons of musical cameos.It has a solid cast of well-known and not-so-well known actors. Christopher Walken plays the sore loser turned destructive banker bent on destroying Country Bear Hall. Deidrich Bader and "Chill" Mitchell play two goofy state highway patrolmen. Haley Joel Osment provides the voice of "Beary." Steve Tobolowsky plays the fun father figure of this film.
The film has a good overall message, but some younger kids may be turned off by the pace. It does introduce the younger lot to musicians like Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Brian Setzer, and Don Was. It also has cameos by stars the youngsters will probably recognize like Wyclef Jean and Queen Latifah. I think that's what I like most about this film. It covers the Country Bear's "influence" across the board and manages to mix a number of musical genres into one. From hip-hop to rockabilly, it's all covered here. The Country Bear band has a Southern rock sound, with a little Eagles thrown in to boot.For good family fun, I recommend this one."
Musical fun for the entire family!!
stephenweber2 | San Antonio, TX | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has young children. My 7 year old is just in love with this movie and knows all of the words to every song. Great characters, lots of music, and appearances by many famous stars are traits that make this a top movie to own. Disney did a great job on this one!!"