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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 Metacritic.com 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

CastCast overview, first billed only: Joaquin Phoenix ... Kenai (voice)

Jeremy Suarez

... Koda (voice)

Jason Raize

... Denahi (voice)

Rick Moranis

... Rutt (voice)

Dave Thomas

... Tuke (voice)

D.B. Sweeney

... Sitka (voice)

Joan Copeland

... Tanana (voice)

Michael Clarke Duncan ... Tug (voice)

Harold Gould

... Old Denahi (voice)

Paul Christie

... Ram #1 (voice)

Danny Mastrogiorgio

... Ram #2 (voice) (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)

Estelle Harris

... Old Lady Bear (voice)

Greg Proops

... Male Lover Bear (voice)

Pauley Perrette

... Female Lover Bear (voice)

Darko Cesar Full cast and crew Edit

... Foreign Croatian Bear (voice)

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

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Plot Keywords:Bear | Revenge | Ice Age | Inuit | Brotherhood | See more

Taglines:Nature Calls. See more

Genres:Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Parents Guide:View content advisory Edit

DetailsOfficial Sites:Disney | Disney [France] | Add/edit official sites

Country:USA

Language:English | Inuktitut | Serbian (only a few words)

Release Date:1 November 2003 (USA) See more

Also Known As:Tierra de osos See more

Filming Locations:Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend:$291,940 (USA) (26 October 2003) (2 Screens)

Gross:$85,329,248 (USA) (4 April 2004) See more

Company Credits

Production Co:Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures See more Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro

Technical Specs

Runtime:85 min

Sound Mix:DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:Color

Aspect Ratio:1.66 : 1 See full technical specs Edit

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

GoofsFactual errors: In the opening scene, the DVD subtitles identify the narrator as Sitka, when it is actually Denahi. See more

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

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

ConnectionsReferenced in Fear of Clowns (2004) See more

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

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User ReviewsDisney's last animated classic 1 May 2004 | by Lupercali (Tasmania) See all my reviews

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

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.

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

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. Ke