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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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Release Date:

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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?


Jeremy Suarez, who voiced Koda, also had a cameo role in Disney's previous animated film, Treasure Planet (2002). See more »


In the opening scene, the DVD subtitles identify the narrator as Sitka, when it is actually Denahi. 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

At 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 »


Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: 24/06/2011 (2011) See more »


On My Way
Written by Phil Collins
Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Performed by Phil Collins and Jeremy Suarez
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a film that will capture your heart
1 November 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

this movie was filled with disney magic,and typical disney story line. with happiness,satire and the death of a character.the wonderful "disney style" of animation makes this movie an instant classic.This movie has a special treat for real and true movie goers with a funny segment at the end of the credits,so sit back,listen to the music and you will be rewarded.

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