The Country Bears
is an American film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures
, based on the Disney Theme Parks
attraction Country Bear Jamboree. It was Disney's third movie based on a ride or attraction, following Tower of Terror
(1997) and Mission to Mars
(2000), and followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
and The Haunted Mansion
. It was released July 26, 2002.
The film follows Beary Barrington (Haley Joel Osment) a young bear raised by a human family in a world where humans and talking bears coexist, attempting to trace his roots. He meets up with the Country Bears, a long-since broken-up band and helps the Country Bears reunite for one final concert. The film details the Country Bear's attempts to get together their final concert while facing the antagonism of Thimble (Christopher Walken
), who is bent on destroying their concert hall.
Tropes associated with this work:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When news of Beary's disappearance appears on the local news.
"People are on the lookout for this ten-year-old boy, who was last seen with this man (Henry). Witnesses believe the man's accomplices are this man (Fred), this man (Roady), and this chicken (Roady's pet chicken)."
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Inverted with Dexter, who seems genuinely remorseful when he realizes that Beary pretty much ran away from home because of him.
- Bears Are Bad News: Movies, apparently.
- The Bet: Beary proposes a wager at the honey bar where Zeb hangs out: Zeb and his fiddle, versus the house band (The Brian Setzer Orchestra), in a musical duel. If Zeb whens, his financial debt to the bar is lift, but if he loses, Cha Cha (Queen Latifah as the bartender) keeps the Country Bear Tour Bus.
- The Cameo: Willie Nelson and Elton John both appear in the film.
- Other celebrity cameos include: Jess Harnell, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Paige, et al.
- Chekhov's Gun: Big Al's grass in the end.
- Evil Is Petty: The likely motivation (aside from Money, Dear Boy) for Christopher Walken, given some of his antics in private.
- Furry Confusion: The bears are depicted in this movie as anthropomorphic, yet Roady has a pet chicken that's actually a chicken.
- G-Rated Drug: The Honey Bar.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dexter.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: The DVD features point towards the original attraction being a result of the movie band's early success within their whole mockumentaries about the history of the band.
- Merchandise-Driven: A Disney theme park adaptation. Ironically, the Disneyland version of the attraction closed shortly before the film came out to make way for a Winnie the Pooh ride.
- Money, Dear Boy: The supposed motivation of Christopher Walken to appear in the picture.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jennifer Paige as the waitress at the diner, with her uniform that consists of an orange minidress and black leather boots. Zeb even lampshades this:
Jennifer: You guys inspired me to go after my dream of becoming a famous singer.
Fred: Did ya make it?
Zeb: Sure she made it, Fred! She just works here for the free uniform! No offense.
Jennifer: None taken.
- Muppet: Inverted, as all of the bear characters were designed and constructed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
- Oblivious Adoption. Very oblivious.
- Papa Bear: Mr. Barrington would hit Dexter atop the head with his rolled up newspaper for harassing Beary.
- Police Are Useless
- Punny Name: The lampshade was destroyed in this one:
Officer Ham: Afternoon, sir. Officer Ham.
Officer Cheats: Officer Cheats.
Mr. Barrington: (Beat) Ham and Cheats.
Officer Cheats: (Inward chuckle) Yeah, we, uh, get that all the time.
Mr. Barrington: Well, it's your names.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Part of the basic plot of the movie.
- Raised by Humans: Beary didn't even know he was a bear until his adopted brother pointed it out.
- Running Gag:
Random Character: What's that?
Big Al: That there's a sign.
- The Stinger: Ham and Cheats returning to their cruiser after their car wash mishap, all the while Cheats confides in Ham that he wears a fake mustache because everyone on the force (even their reception) has one.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Christopher Walken's character has a grudge against the bears because they beat him in a talent show decades ago. The bears played. He made farting noises with his elbow.