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BROTHER BEAR

DAVE THOMAS (Tuke) makes up the other half of the comic moose duo that becomes tangled up in Kenai's dilemma. 

Reteamed with long-time "SCTV” partner Rick Moranis, Thomas reveals some insights into the comical moose brothers: "My character's definitely smarter, I think. But overall, the characters are not that bright. Nobody likes smart moose. Actually, they're both smart in their own way, and dumb in their own way too. They have good values though. They care for each other a lot and love each other like brothers. Rick is kind of the gentler brother; I'm the honker. 

"Working with Rick is always great,” adds Thomas. "We know each other really well. And it's very comfortable. We can just sit down and improvise. No matter what either of us says, the other one's got a baseball glove to catch it. We have a way of finishing each other's sentences – and meals. 

"I have a brother who's nothing like Rick,” adds Thomas. "I've known Rick for 25 years and he's like a brother. We relate to each other like brothers. If I don't see him for a while, we're still able to pick up right where we left off. ‘Brother Bear' has all the elements of those tales that get refined by telling them over and over again from generation to generation. It resonates really well on the themes of love and brotherhood and sacrifice. They're all here in this movie and I think it's done powerfully and masterfully.” 

Thomas was born to British parents in St. Catharines, near Niagara Falls in Canada. At age six, his family moved to North Carolina while his father pursued a Ph.D. in Philosophy; afterwards they lived in England, returning to Canada when Dave was twelve. He attended McMaster University near Toronto, where he met future comedy accomplices Martin Short and Eugene Levy. As the University had no film or theatre school, the three general arts students talked the student council into funding their self-written theatre and film projects. 

After graduating, Thomas wrote copy for a Toronto advertising agency, and continued to do so until 1974 when two events convinced him to leave the ad world. A colleague at work told Thomas he'd make Creative Director in three years, and Thomas realized that by age 30 he'd have gone as far in advertising as he'd ever want to go. Meanwhile, Second City had opened a branch in Toronto. The opening-night cast included Joe Flaherty, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Candy. One visit convinced Thomas that was the thing for him. He quit the agency, auditioned for Second City, and was accepted. 

Radner and Aykroyd were soon shanghaied from the cast by Lorne Michaels to star in a new show for NBC, "Saturday Night Live.” Six months after SNL's debut, the producers of Second City were emboldened to take their own show to the airwaves, and "SCTV” was born. New cast members joining Thomas and his cohorts for the TV show included Catherine O'Hara, Andrea Martin and Harold Ramis. Between 1976 and 1979, 52 half-hour episodes aired on Canada's Global Television Network, and were syndicated to the U.S. The no-budget production values combined with the comic brilliance of the cast made for a show that turned limited scope into high charm. 

Thomas stayed with SCTV as it continued to air on CBC, and in the U.S. on NBC, through 1982. As Doug, the taller half of the infamous McKenzie brothers, Thomas co-wrote and acted on the platinum-selling Bob and Doug LP Great White North and the succeeding MGM film "Strange Brew,” which he co-wrote and co-directed. Meanwhile, he wrote for other projects, contributing to the Lorne Michaels-produced "New Show” series (1984), co-writing the screenplay for "Spies Like Us” (1985) with Dan Aykroyd, and penning several pilots for CBS. 

In the late 1980s, Thomas directed John Travolta in "The Experts” (1989) and appeared in "Boris and Natasha” for director Charles Martin Smith. Soon a

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