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Brother Bear
(2003)
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Songs and Themes Composed and Co-Produced by:
Phil Collins

Score Composed and Produced by:
Mark Mancina

Score Conducted by:
Don Harper

Orchestrated by:
David Metzger

Songs Co-Produced by:
Rob Cavallo
Chris Montans
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(October 21st, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a Phil Collins collector and are open to the prospect of hearing an easy, but not necessarily inspiring extension of his songs for Tarzan.

Avoid it... if you'd rather not be confronted by the same style of Collins material re-hashed against a background of a few mundane score suites on a jumbled, short album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #314
WRITTEN 11/8/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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Brother Bear: (Phil Collins/Mark Mancina) With two dimensional animation seemingly on the way out the door in the early 2000's, Brother Bear figured to be one of Walt Disney's final attempts to tell a serious story with old-fashioned, hand-drawn styles of animation. Set in the Pacific Northwest before the coming of the white man, the story tells the spiritually rich tale of a young Indian man whose brother is mauled, and, bent on revenge, goes seeking the bear that killed him. Through a magical transformation, he himself becomes a bear, is adopted by a bear family, and has to escape the wrath of his other remaining brother, who is now hunting all bears for revenge. It's another cycle of life story, and many of the morals and other story elements in Brother Bear come straight from other Disney animations of the previous ten years. Critics were especially hard on the film, mostly in relation to the modular aspects with which the project seemed to be pushed through Disney while other, more viable 3D animations were being produced. Aside from the tiresome need for a political message, the employment of 2D animation was looking old in comparison to modern technologies in the genre, and the music unfortunately fell into the same trap of being labeled as a recycled production element from a time past. Just as Elton John and Hans Zimmer were given a second chance at the animation genre to continue the success of The Lion King (with the lackluster Road to El Dorado), Phil Collins and Mark Mancina were reunited after their Academy Award-winning efforts for Tarzan four years earlier. Collins and Mancina followed the same formula down to the exact scheme of song construction and reprise statements for Brother Bear. Collins' generic world-music sound proved to receive consistent, major criticism from viewers of the film seeking a fresh new sound. When bringing the same narrative voice back for another animated film, it's often hard to sculpt that music so that audiences forget that the voice had been previously tied (and tied well) to another setting and group of characters. While not a technical travesty, Brother Bear failed to change the overall equation of its music to be considered particularly memorable for casual audiences. The habit of writing only a couple of songs and then fleshing them out in several different performance variants was a bothersome tactic, providing far less distinct material than a quick survey of the soundtrack would indicate.



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Average: 2.65 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:48
• 1. Look Through My Eyes - performed by Phil Collins (4:00)
• 2. Great Spirits - performed by Tina Turner (3:23)
• 3. Welcome - performed by Phil Collins (3:38)
• 4. No Way Out (Theme from Brother Bear) - performed by Phil Collins (single version) (4:17)
• 5. Transformation - performed by The Bulgarian Women's Choir (2:28)
• 6. On My Way - performed by Phil Collins (3:40)
• 7. Welcome - performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama/Phil Collins/Oren Waters (3:13)
• 8. No Way Out (Theme from Brother Bear) - performed by Phil Collins (Phil Collins version) (2:37)
• 9. Transformation - performed by Phil Collins (2:25)
• 10. Three Brothers* (6:44)
• 11. Awakes as a Bear* (6:48)
• 12. Wilderness of Danger and Beauty* (5:30)
* score suites by Mark Mancina (with themes by Phil Collins)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lyrics for all of the songs and unnecessary glamour shots of Collins, but no extra information about the score or film.
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