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The new animated family film Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm asks how far you’re willing to go to save your friend from heartbreak. If you’re as kind and resourceful as Bongee Bear, that’s pretty far.
His name is Bear, Bongee Bear and even though his parents were killed when he was a cub, it’s done nothing to dampen his enthusiasm for his life’s work: taking care of and being a protector to Princess Katrina of the Kingdom of Rhythm. They’ve been at each other’s side all their lives. They’ve sung. They’ve danced. They’ve played kickball with other children even though Bongee has an immeasurable size advantage over other children because he’s, you know, a full sized bear.
But all is not well in the Kingdom of Rhythm.
Why, might you ask?
Because the evil witch Bandrilla has cast a spell which prevents anyone from the Kingdom of Rhythm from dancing. It’s a fate no one would wish on others except the town in Footloose. Example- the baker tried to dance after Bandrilla enacted the spell. All he did was fall into a fountain.
But all is not lost because it’s Bongee’s job to protect the Princess, and it’s his mission to break the spell and also enact a ritual to allow all the animals of the forest to be able to talk and dance for another one hundred years.
Bongee has his work cut out for him. But with his bird friend Myron, they’re determined to show that the power of dance and love and acceptance can vanquish the power of evil.
Children will love Bongee Bear for the talking animals and the catchy songs.
Parents will love Bongee Bear because it gives them an 80 minute running time to find something else to watch on Disney Plus.
For its target audience, Bongee will serve what its audience wants. The children won’t care the animation is below average and the on-the-nose songs are aggressively generic. They’ll enjoy the scene stealing crows and the dancing bunnies. For songs that come from the Kingdom of Rhythm, most if not all of them don’t have any actual rhythm. But they’re inoffensive enough for even the wee ones to listen and sing along to.
Parents will find this tedious and unmemorable because everything that takes place in the story is telegraphed from three scenes away and some of the songs happen just to fill the run time.
But there’s nothing that will offend parents or cause children nightmares. In that way it’s safe for the younger children to watch without causing any undue trauma.
If you’re looking for innocuous family entertainment your children can get lost in for a little over an hour, then hang out with Bongee and his friends and learn the importance of not making fun of other people and eating ice cream with a spoon.