YMMV / The Country Bears

  • Awesome Music: Many of the songs, such as "Straight to the Heart of Love", are surprisingly well-done.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Christopher Walken dancing around his office in boxer shorts and bunny slippers, while continuously smashing scale models of Country Bear Hall.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Most people agree that Christopher Walken as the banker is by far the most entertaining part of the film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This thread touches upon some of the similarities between this film and another Disney film, The Muppets. Basically, both films have a puppet character raised in an all-human family who feels different, tries to find his purpose, and ends up getting his favorite group back together so they can save a theater from being demolished by a Corrupt Corporate Executive played by a guy named Christopher. While it's not mentioned in the thread, there's also a subplot about a messy breakup, which is resolved when the couple involved in said breakup reunite to perform a duet during the climax of the film. Not to mention that Country Bears also had Henson involvement; namely, the bears were designed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
  • Memetic Mutation: Thanks to The Nostalgia Critic, this line that Christopher Walken's character says toward the end of the film, which the Critic describes as him suddenly remembering there are bears in the movie, became the most memorable thing about it.
    "This is not over! *Beat* BEARS!
    • To a lesser extent, "Oh no! Country Bear Hall has been crushed!"
    • Thanks to Some Jerk with a Camera, this line, which he considers to be the greatest line in cinema history, uttered by Walkenís character:
    "That day... IS TONIGHT!"
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • During a shot of a background building collapsing, one of the bears reacts in surprise by raising his eyebrows and reeling his head back. Unfortunately, both actions occur one after the other rather at the same time, making his reaction look really fake.
    • During Elton John's cameo, the controls for the bears got mixed up so the remote puppeteers were controlling the wrong bears. According to director Peter Hastings in episode 40 of Talkin Toons With Rob Paulsen (at the 33 minute mark), the result was one of the bears ended up with a creepily crooked jaw, which Elton took one look at and said "Looks just like me after too much blow!"
  • Tear Jerker: Tennessee's backstory, as described below under The Woobie. During an interview, puppeteer (but not voice actor) Jennifer Barnhart cites him as one of her favorite characters she's done, mainly for his sensitive side.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Only Christopher Walken can put that much sincerity into a role calling for him to arm fart the 1812 Overture.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: Every TV spot included that clip of the policemen's hair getting messed up in the car wash, eventually reaching the point where Disney released a commercial that contained nothing but that clip.
  • Uncanny Valley: In contrast to the cartoonish cute-looking bears of the Disneyland ride, the bears of this film are more realistically designed, with small eyes and sharp teeth, which causes them to look more frightening than endearing.
  • The Woobie: Tennessee O'Neal, whom Muppet Wiki describes as "the most sensitive of the Country Bears band". He was forced to quit the band when his lover left him for a panda, and tried to be a marriage counselor but broke down in stress during sessions. Which makes it all the more satisfying when she returns and they sing their duet.