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The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear (2002)

Drengen der ville gøre det umulige (original title)
When a boy child is stolen by bears who raise him as their own, his human parents hunt the bears in despair, and the boy is faced with the dilemma of who and what he is.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Vilstrup ...
Little Bear Boy (voice)
Joachim Boje Helvang ...
Older Bear Boy (voice) (as Joachim Boie Helvang)
Otto Brandenburg ...
Male Bear (voice)
Female Bear (voice)
Anne Clausen ...
Older Bear Girl (voice)
Tommy Kenter ...
Raven (voice)
Man (voice)
Woman (voice)
Carla Docherty ...
Little Girl Bear (voice)
Dog / Wolf (voice)
Jesper Klein ...
Whale / Musk Oxes (voice)
Lisbet Dahl ...
The Northern Wind (voice)
The Sea / Bear Aunt (voice) (as Ellen Hillingsøe)
Anne-Lise Gabold ...
The Spirit (voice) (as Anne Lise Gabold)
William Tarding ...
Child (voice)


To heal the sorrow of his mate after the death of their bear child, a male polar bear steals a newborn child from a nearby man and woman. The bears bring up the boy as their own, and he learns how to live like a bear. But the woman despairs over the loss of her child, and the man hunts down the bear family and brings the boy home. The boy faces the choice between becoming a boy again or learning how to be a bear on his own. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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bear | polar bear | blood | spirit | wolf | See All (7) »


Animation | Family


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Release Date:

18 December 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


DKK 32,400,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This cartoon became the first cartoon ever to be released in a Greenlandic language version. See more »


References Samson og Sally (1984) See more »


Lyrics and music by Martin Brygmann
Performed by Otto Brandenburg
Arranged and played by Martin Brygmann and Peter Michael Jensen
Mixed in 4C Studio by Rune Zetterström
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simply wonderful, even there are some sad parts, but WOW
31 March 2007 | by (Geneva, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This animation movie, I saw it with my 2 young children in a theater, already 4 years ago, and it was so... what to say? just WOW!!!

The kids enjoyed it, yes of course, but maybe not as much as I did... it took tears out of me...

The musical is so well accorded to the animation, that it shows there was a deep understanding and collaboration between the author and the composer. The drawings are so gentle, very subtle, the colors smooth, everything also very simple, just amazing.

This is a story about accepting the difference, from parents who love their children, even if not completely understanding him/it. In fact the only way...

There is a sad and heartbreaking part quiet in the beginning of the movie, and I think it's good to see this movie together with your kids, instead leaving them alone in front of the screen... (anyway always better!)

Fortunately, afterward it goes further with sensitivity, and furthermore goes to smiles and laughs and adventures.

This movie makes you think, and the answering is in anyone's mind, still can be different to each of us.

And all along, the women voices, in the singing parts, again I should use superlatives, so I won't and just will say : beautiful.

Sorry to say (I'm not Danish), I didn't know Mr Jannik Hastrup, but I can be very grateful for this movie, and give my humble and deepest compliment.

Bruno Coulais, the composer is more known to me as he did the musical of Himalaya, the Rearing of a Chief, Microcosmos, Le Peuple Migrateur among others well known movies.

With a few words, I could have resume with : I loved it, and still does, sometimes listen the CD.

Not very used to write English comment, I straight decided, as I was very surprised not to see any comment, to tell anyone who would intend to see The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear,

Be confident with your feelings, you'll be lucky to SEE IT!!!

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eyes in the head of a poet Orson Welles

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