At least it's not as unbearable as The Country Bears. Yet, Disney's latest animated feature is kinda creepy and feels like two movies, neither of which is very exciting. The dark first half involves a Native American teen whose laziness inadvertently causes his brother to be killed by a bear. After seeking revenge against the furry creature, ancient spirits teach him a lesson by transforming him into a bear.
That's when all of the talking animals arrive and the decent part of the movie begins. The lesson about walking a mile in someone else's paws should resonate with the little ones, but, in the face of Nemo, the hand-drawn animation is less than dazzling, the storytelling is dull (except for the work of Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, who ham it up as a pair of moose), and the Phil Collins songs are cheesy. Sure, send the kids, but parents, you're better off hibernating through this one.