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The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear (2003)

Director: Jannik Hastrup, Jannik Hastrup
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Studio: Central Park Media
Genre: Foreign, Scandinavia, Animation, Cel, Fairy Tales & Myths
Running Time: 74 min.
Languages: English
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Veteran Danish animator Jannik Hastrup transforms an obscure Tarzan-like Inuit fairy tale into a animated feature film with his 2002 children's tale entitled Drengen de ville vaere bjorn (The Boy Who Wanted To Be a Bear). Somewhere within the Arctic Circle, a pregnant polar bear narrowly escapes a pack of vicious wolves only to give birth to a stillborn cub. The bear's spouse, recognizing his mate's deep depression, sets out to find a replacement baby bear to lift the female bear's spirits -- only to fail in his quest. However, he does come across a newborn human infant, which he steals from the infant's parents and takes back to his mate. As the adult bears raise the human child to be a bear, the child's birth parents desperately search for their son in order to return him to their family. After some time, the child is recovered by his birth parents -- but the boy considers himself to be a bear and wishes to live his life as a bear. The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear was included in the program for a number of children-oriented film festivals throughout Europe and won a Special Mention from the jury at the 2002 Kinderfilmfest. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Inuit story for kids by meteor March 19, 2010 - 1:23 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is the story of an Inuit child who is kidnapped by a bear and then settles into his new home so well, he doesn't want to leave. His human parents have other plans, and strive to recover him at all costs.

I thought this movie was entertaining, although it does have a more sad element than might seem from the catalog description. The plot, especially the end, may be a little too intense for very young children. Animation fans should enjoy it, however, as well as those who like cultural stories. It's worth renting.

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(Average 5.19)
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