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<p>Brother Bear (2003)85 min - Animation | Adventure | Family - 1 November 2003 (USA) 6.6 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 6.6/10 from 17,362 users Metascore: 48/100 Reviews: 143 user | 98 critic | 28 from When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back. Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker Writers: Tab Murphy (screenplay), Lorne Cameron (screenplay), and 24 more credits Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez and Rick Moranis</p> <p>CastCast overview, first billed only: Joaquin Phoenix ... Kenai (voice)</p> <p>Jeremy Suarez</p> <p>... Koda (voice)</p> <p>Jason Raize</p> <p>... Denahi (voice)</p> <p>Rick Moranis</p> <p>... Rutt (voice)</p> <p>Dave Thomas</p> <p>... Tuke (voice)</p> <p>D.B. Sweeney</p> <p>... Sitka (voice)</p> <p>Joan Copeland</p> <p>... Tanana (voice)</p> <p>Michael Clarke Duncan ... Tug (voice)</p> <p>Harold Gould</p> <p>... Old Denahi (voice)</p> <p>Paul Christie</p> <p>... Ram #1 (voice)</p> <p>Danny Mastrogiorgio</p> <p>... Ram #2 (voice) (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)</p> <p>Estelle Harris</p> <p>... Old Lady Bear (voice)</p> <p>Greg Proops</p> <p>... Male Lover Bear (voice)</p> <p>Pauley Perrette</p> <p>... Female Lover Bear (voice)</p> <p>Darko Cesar Full cast and crew Edit</p> <p>... Foreign Croatian Bear (voice)</p> <p>StorylineLong ago, as the Earth was emerging from the Ice Age, there were three brothers. After a bear takes the life of the oldest brother, impulsive youngest brother Kenai kills the bear in revenge, only to be transformed into a bear himself. Denahi, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed Kenai, vows revenge. Now brother hunts brother and Kenai's only hope for survival is to befriend his own worst enemy, a grizzly cub named Koda. Koda main goal is to show Kenai the real meaning of brotherhood. Written by Anonymous</p> <p>Plot Summary | Add Synopsis</p> <p>Plot Keywords:Bear | Revenge | Ice Age | Inuit | Brotherhood | See more </p> <p>Taglines:Nature Calls. See more </p> <p>Genres:Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy</p> <p>Parents Guide:View content advisory Edit</p> <p>DetailsOfficial Sites:Disney | Disney [France] | Add/edit official sites </p> <p>Country:USA</p> <p>Language:English | Inuktitut | Serbian (only a few words)</p> <p>Release Date:1 November 2003 (USA) See more </p> <p>Also Known As:Tierra de osos See more </p> <p>Filming Locations:Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA</p> <p>Box Office</p> <p>Opening Weekend:$291,940 (USA) (26 October 2003) (2 Screens)</p> <p>Gross:$85,329,248 (USA) (4 April 2004) See more </p> <p>Company Credits</p> <p>Production Co:Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures See more Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro </p> <p>Technical Specs</p> <p>Runtime:85 min</p> <p>Sound Mix:DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS</p> <p>Color:Color</p> <p>Aspect Ratio:1.66 : 1 See full technical specs Edit</p> <p>Did You Know?TriviaIn the various vignettes during the end credits, Kenai is shown drawing a crude stick figure on a rock while little Koda has painted "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884-1886) of Georges Seurat. See more </p> <p>GoofsFactual errors: In the opening scene, the DVD subtitles identify the narrator as Sitka, when it is actually Denahi. See more </p> <p>Quotes[first lines] Denahi as an Old Man: This is a story from long ago, when the great mammoths still roamed our lands. It's the story of my two brothers and me. When the three of us were young, we were taught that the world is full of magic. The source of this magic is the ever-changing lights that dance across the sky... See more </p> <p>Crazy CreditsAt the conclusion of the end credits, Koda appears to announce the standard declaration that no salmon were harmed in the making of the film. However, he is embarrased by a bear chasing a salmon behind him and signals for shooting to stop. Koda covers the lens with his paws and the picture goes black as he accidently breaks the camera while the fishing bear belches. See more </p> <p>ConnectionsReferenced in Fear of Clowns (2004) See more </p> <p>Soundtracks"No Way Out (Theme from Brother Bear)" (Phil Collins Version) Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Chris Montan Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge Performed by Phil Collins See more </p> <p>Frequently Asked QuestionsThis FAQ is empty. Add the first question.</p> <p>User ReviewsDisney's last animated classic 1 May 2004 | by Lupercali (Tasmania) See all my reviews</p> <p>Having (I think) seen all the Disney animated features, I would have to say that 'Brother Bear' is the finest Disney feature since 'The Fox and the Hound' - which is to say the best around 25 years. It's a shame, and a bit ironic, that this sudden return to form should happen now, after a string of 90's movies which were nearly all good, but rarely brilliant; and on the cusp of the death of the classical 'hand drawn' style of animation from the people who invented the animated feature. At first I had misgivings. Particularly when I heard Inuit using valley girl phrases - but these reservations disappear quickly enough (as indeed, do the Inuit characters). Briefly, 'Brother Bear' is about a young Inuit man who rejects his totem ('the Bear of Love'), and goes so far as to kill a bear which he somewhat erroneously blames for the death of his friend. He is then magically transformed into a bear, and the rest of the film... doesn't really matter at this stage: I don't want to spoil it. There are only a few minor faults which prevent this from scoring a 10: the moose and ram characters are really pretty dispensable, but they don't take up much screen time. Koda, the bear cub, elicited a bit of an 'oh, no' response from at first, but he grows on you fast. The animation, as you would expect, is well ahead of the field (at least in the 'classical' style). While it isn't perhaps quite as eye-popping and panoramic as 'The Lion King', I think this only goes to show that good storytelling will win out over superficial eye-candy covering a third-hand</p> <p>script. The final scenes of the movie are genuinely surprising (there is a sort of stock surprise ending, followed by something I really didn't see coming), and at the same time, it's genuine lump in the throat stuff - something Disney seemed to have been a bit shy about lately with films like 'Atlantis'. They shouldn't be. They do it well. I've enjoyed nearly all of Disney's prolific output of the past ten years, but this is the pick of the bunch, IMO. It's not perfect, but if this had been the film which Disney's animation dept had bowed out with, it would have been a fine swansong.Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the forty-fourth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics. In the film, an Inuit boy pursues a bear in revenge for a battle that he provoked in which his oldest brother is killed. He tracks down the bear and kills it, but the Spirits, angered by this needless death, change the boy into a bear himself as punishment. Originally titled Bears, it was the third and final Disney animated feature produced primarily by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida; the studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this film in favor of computer animated features. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Finding Nemo. A sequel, Brother Bear 2 was released on August 29, 2006.</p> <p>PlotThe film is set in a post-ice age North America, where the local tribesmen believe all creatures are created through the Spirits, who are said to appear in the form of an aurora. Three brothers, Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix), Denahi (voiced by Jason Raize) and Sitka (voiced by D.B. Sweeney), return to their tribe in order for Kenai to receive his sacred totem, its meaning being what he must achieve to call himself a man. Unlike Sitka, who gained the eagle of guidance, and Denahi who gained the wolf of wisdom, Kenai receives the bear of love, much to his objections, stating that bears are thieves. His point is made a fact when a bear steals some salmon. Kenai and his brothers pursue the bear, but a fight follows on a glacier, Sitka giving his life to save his brothers, although the bear survives. Vengeful, Kenai heads out to avenge Sitka. He chases the bear up onto a mountain and kills it. The Spirits, represented by Sitka's spirit in the form of a bald eagle transforms Kenai into a bear after the dead bear's body disappears. Denahi arrives, mistaking Kenai for dead, and his bear form is responsible for it, vows to avenge Kenai. Kenai falls down some river rapids, survives, and is healed by Tanana (voiced by Joan Copeland), the shaman of Kenai's tribe. She does not speak the bear language, but advises him to return to the mountain to find Sitka and be turned back to normal, but only when he corrects what he had done; she quickly disappears without and explanation. Kenai quickly discovers the wildlife can talk, meeting two brother mooses, Rutt and Tuke (voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas). He gets caught in a trap, but is freed by a chatty bear cub named Koda (voiced by Jeremy Suarez). The two bears make a deal, Kenai will go with Koda to a nearby salmon run and then the cub will lead Kenai to the mountain. As the two eventually form a sibling-like bond, Koda revealing his mother is missing. The two are hunted by Denahi who fails multiple times to</p> <p>kill Kenai, still unaware that he is his brother. Rutt and Tuke run into the bears multiple times, the group hitching a ride on a herd of mammoths to quicken the pace to the salmon run, but the moose are left behind when the bears move on. Kenai and Koda escape Denahi again, and reach the salmon run, where a large number of bears live as a family, including the leader Tug (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan), a Grizzly Bear. Kenai becomes very much at home and at content with the other bears. During a discussion among the bears, Koda tells a story about his mother fighting human hunters, making Kenai realize he killed Koda's mother.</p> <p>Kenai's contentment is about to be shattered when Koda tells the story of his separation from his mother</p> <p>Guilty and horrified, Kenai runs away but Koda soon finds him. Kenai reveals the truth to Koda, who runs away grief-stricken. An apologetic Kenai leaves to reach the mountain. Rutt and Took, having fallen out, reform their brotherhood in front of Koda, prompting him to go after Kenai. Denahi confronts Kenai on the mountain, but their fight is intervened by Koda who steals Denahi's hunting pike. Kenai goes to Koda's aid out of love, prompting Sitka to appear and turn him back into a human, much to Denahi and Koda's surprise. However, Kenai asks Sitka to transform him back into a bear so he can stay with Koda. Sitka complies, and Koda is reunited briefly with the spirit of his mother, before she and Sitka return to the Spirits. In the end, Kenai lives with the rest of the bears and gains his title as a man, through being a bear.</p> <p>Voice cast </p> <p>Joaquin Phoenix as Kenai, the youngest of three brothers who gets turned into a bear, to teach him to see through their eyes. Jeremy Suarez as Koda, a wisecracking grizzly bear cub, who helps Kenai on his journey to where the Lights Touch the Earth. Rick Moranis as Rutt, a comic Canadian moose. Dave Thomas as Tuke, another comic Canadian moose. Jason Raize as Denahi, the middle brother. D.B. Sweeney as Sitka, the oldest brother. Joan Copeland as Tanana, the shaman-woman of Kenai's tribe. Michael Clarke Duncan as Tug, a wise old grizzly bear. Greg Proops as Male Lover Bear Pauley Perrette as Female Lover Bear Estelle Harris as Old Lady Bear Bumper Robinson as Chipmunks Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley as Inuit Narrator</p> <p>ProductionIn 2002 Digital Media Effects reported the title of the film as Bears.[1] An article in IGN in 2001 also mentioned an upcoming Disney release with the title Bears[2] as did Jim Hill of Ain't It Cool News.[3]Design and animation</p> <p>The film is traditionally animated but includes some CG elements such as "a salmon run and a caribou stampede".[4] Layout artist Armand Serrano, speaking about the drawing process on the film, said that "we had to do a life drawing session with live bear cubs and also outdoor drawing and painting sessions at Fort Wilderness in Florida three times a week for two months [...]".[citationneeded]</p> <p>According to Ruben Aquino, supervising animator for the character of Denahi, Denahi was originally meant to be Kenai's father; later this was changed to Kenai's brother.[5] Byron Howard, supervising animator for Kenai in bear form, said that earlier in production a bear named Grizz (who resembles Tug in the film and is even voiced by the same person) was supposed to have the role of Kenai's mentor.[6] Art Director Robh Ruppel stated that the ending of the film originally showed how Kenai and Denahi get together once a year to play when the northern lights are in the sky.[6]Casting</p> <p>Wil Wheaton is listed by many sources, previously including the Internet Movie Database as providing "additional voices" for the film. Willie Wheaton, the credited voice actor, is a different person.</p> <p>ReleaseCritical reception</p> <p>The reaction from film reviewers was mixed with some panning the film as a retread of older Disney films like The Lion King and the 20th Century Fox film Ice Age (although Brother Bear began production before Ice Age did), while others defended the film as a legitimate variation of the theme. The popular American movie critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have given positive reviews of the film.[7] Of note to many critics and viewers was the use of the film's aspect ratio as a storytelling device. The film begins at a standard widescreen aspect ratio of 1.75:1 (similar to the 1.85:1 ratio common in U.S. cinema or the 1.78:1 ratio of HDTV), while Kenai is a human; in addition, the film's art direction and color scheme are grounded in realism. After Kenai transforms into a bear twenty-four minutes into the picture, the film itself transforms as well: to an anamorphic aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and towards brighter, more fanciful colors and slightly more caricatured art direction. Brother Bear was the first feature since The Horse Whisperer to do a widescreen shift.</p> <p>It was the only animated feature to do this trick, until The Simpsons Movie and Enchanted in 2007. Summary: Great music from Phil Collins and a couple of familiar moose make Brother Bear an animated film worth checking out with the whole family. Story: Kenai, Denahi, and Sitka are three Native American brothers living in the Great North at a time when mammoths still lived. Eager to prove himself a man, Kenai is hot headed, immature, impatient, and irresponsible. When a bear steals some fish he left out, Kenai impulsively chases after the bear to kill it. However, when Kenai finds himself outmatched by the bear, its up to his brothers to save him. Unfortunately, D...</p>


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