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The Country Bears (2002) Poster

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Featured on episode #215 of the podcast "How Did This Get Made?"
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After Tennessee and Trixie's performance in the bar, a bar patron comments that it was better than Eagles. The patron is Don Henley, who is one of the founding members of the Eagles and who provided the singing voice for Tennessee. The female companion he says it to is Bonnie Raitt, who provided the voice for Trixie.
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Daryl Mitchell's final movie before becoming paraplegic from a motorcycle accident in November 2001.
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Disney's later film, The Muppets (2011) featured a nearly identical plot to this one.
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Though Haley Joel Osment voices Beary, veteran voice-over actress Elizabeth Daily provided his singing voice.
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When Henry gives Beary a tour of Country Bear Hall, he names a few performers who had played there back in the day, including Liver Lips McGrowl and Gomer, two of the bears featured in the "Country Bear Jamboree" in Walt Disney World, on which the movie was based.
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An outside shot of Country Bear Hall pans up to the night sky to shot a constellation, the Big Dipper aka Ursa Major aka Big Bear.
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While on the tour bus, Fred shows Beary his harmonica that his dad gave to him. In the "Country Bear Jamboree" show at Walt Disney World that the movie is based off of, it is mentioned in song that Fred picked up his harmonica playing from his father.
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This is the first Disney film to feature Christopher Walken, who never made another appearance in a Disney film until The Jungle Book (2016), 14 years later.
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Benicio del Toro were considered for the role of Reed Thimple.
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Brian Dennehy were considered for the role of Mr. Norbert Barrington.
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Tim Curry were considered for the role of Roadie.
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Tom Green were considered for the role of Officer Cheets.
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Doug E. Doug were considered for the role of Officer Hamm.
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Griff Rhys Jones were considered for the role of Rip Holland.
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Pam Grier were considered for the role of Trixie St. Claire.
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Bronson Pinchot were considered for the role of Ted Bedderhead.
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Joe Pesci were considered for the role of Fred Bedderhead.
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James Earl Jones were considered for the role of Mr. Norbert Barrington.
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Don Johnson were considered for the role of Reed Thimple.
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Peter Hastings Directorial Debut.
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Brad Garrett's 2nd time voice acting in a Live Action Film, after Casper (1995) released 7 years prior. His next 5 films would later be Garfield (2004), the Night at the Museum trilogy, Underdog (2007), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and Christopher Robin (2018).
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The third film to star Diedrich Bader and Stephen Root together the other two being Office Space (1999) and Ice Age (2002).
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