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Brother Bear (2003)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  1 November 2003 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenai (voice)
Koda (voice)
Denahi (voice)
Rutt (voice)
Tuke (voice)
Sitka (voice)
Tanana (voice)
Tug (voice)
Old Denahi (voice)
Paul Christie ...
Ram #1 (voice)
Ram #2 (voice) (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)
Old Lady Bear (voice)
Male Lover Bear (voice)
Female Lover Bear (voice)
Darko Cesar ...


Kenai, a man who resents bears after a fight with one kills his older brother, is turned into a bear so he can see life from a different perspective. He is visited by the spirit of his older brother, and is told that, if he wishes to be changed back into a human, he must travel to the place where the lights touch the Earth, in other words, the Northern Lights. Fueled by hope, Kenai sets off on his long journey, and, along the way, encounters a younger bear, Koda, who is a chatterbox and a fun-loving spirit; Koda is trying to find his way back to his home, the Salmon Run, which, coincidentally, is right next to where the lights touch the Earth. Koda and Kenai team up, but are hunted by Kenai's other brother, Denahi, who fears that the bear has killed Kenai as well. Along the way, the two bears meet other friends, including two moose, some rams, and some mammoths, with whom they hitch a ride. However, Kenai discovers that he likes being a bear, and realizes that humans aren't only ... Written by fallgeek

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The story of a boy who became a man by becoming a bear. See more »


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Release Date:

1 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$291,940 (USA) (24 October 2003)


$80,239,025 (Europe) (4 June 2004)

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Did You Know?


Originally, Kenai was supposed to have an older bear named Grizz guide him through the woods and become like a brother to him. He didn't work out, and was replaced by Koda. See more »


When Rutt claims Koda as his new brother, he is sitting right next to him. But after Rutt and Tuke have their brotherly moment Koda is positioned farther away from both moose. See more »


[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. The shaman woman of our village told us that these lights are the spirits of our ancestors, and that they had the power to make changes in our world. Small things become big. Winter turns to spring. One ...
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Crazy Credits

The name of Bruce Johnson, the lead animator for the moose character Tuke, is spelled "Broose". See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Brave (2012) See more »


No Way Out (Theme from Brother Bear)
Written by Phil Collins
Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Performed by Phil Collins
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Amazingly funny and entertaining!!
26 May 2004 | by (Cheney) – See all my reviews

Brother Bear seems to be following the mold for the newer Disney Movies. In an effort expand their horizons and take a look at more diverse and different cultures, Brother Bear takes a look at early American Indian culture. The story involves Kenai is the youngest of three brothers and feels he must prove himself to the tribe in an effort to get a mighty animal as his totem. What he gets is an experience of life as a bear after a tragedy befalls his family. He meets many different animals along the way including two moose whose voices are portrayed by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas and who revise their roles and Doug and Bob Mckenzie those two crazy Canadians. They as well as some rams on a mountain top and the young Koda, Kenai's bear companion are very funny. I found myself laughing out loud by myself.

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