Meetings between man and bear are doubtful most of the time. Too often they result in headlines like “Bear eats man”, Man kills bear” or people only know circus-, zoo- or problem-bears. The 2D animation move “Bear’s Bride” from Derek Roczen also tells from such a meeting, but of different cast, as a young bear and a young woman come across in the forest and become friends quickly. From now on they live together, share bed and hut and would probably live happily ever after, if the bear wouldn’t grow up more and more and reaches adulthood.
The black and white movie has its unique style. Because it doesn’t make use of grey tones and gradients and because of its appealing and minimalist design, this movie has its own outstanding and expressive character.
The film score follows the calm mood and tells its story with a unhurried, deep slide-guitar, showing the bear’s point of view. Corresponding to the minimalism of the visual level the score is also reduced, consisting of said slide-guitar and very subtle electro-beats.
The movie has been selected from German “Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen” IFA (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) to be part of the worldwide exhibition „Animated Films from Germany“.