Brother Bear : 5 of 5
I love seeing a Disney premiere with an audience full of kids - hearing their reaction gives such a great perspective, beyond my in-depth love of the animation on screen. The audience for Brother Bear had a fantastic time - lots of laughs, no squirming during dialogue scenes, and appropriate silence during sad sequences. Kids may just be mesmerized by talking animals, but Disney definitely has produced a beautiful film. There's lots of wonderful animation, excellent character design, and the transition from muted palette, small aspect ratio to bursting color and wide screen (which signifies Kenai's change from human to bear) is fantastic! The music is really good, though the fourth montage (where Kenai has to tell Koda about his mom) would have been much more powerful with dialogue only, I think. I love the story - just enough setup with the brothers, the excellent explanation of the totems, and lots of comedy sections keep everything moving smoothly. And yes, I had two misty moments, so Brother Bear definitely passes the "Disney moment" test!