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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Kenai (voice)
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Koda (voice)
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Denahi (voice)
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Rutt (voice)
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Tuke (voice)
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Sitka (voice)
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Tanana (voice)
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Tug (voice)
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Old Denahi (voice)
Paul Christie ...
Ram #1 (voice)
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Ram #2 (voice) (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)
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Old Lady Bear (voice)
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Male Lover Bear (voice)
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Female Lover Bear (voice)
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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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$291,940 (USA) (24 October 2003)

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$80,239,025 (Europe) (4 June 2004)
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Disney/Pixar prepared a special trailer for Brother Bear to show before Finding Nemo (2003) during its initial theatrical release. The moose characters, Tuke and Rutt, suggest that, "If you see only one movie this year, see this one." Tuke then reminds Rutt that "for those who see only one movie this year, it's a little late now". Both the moose then encourage everyone who are "only going to see one movie this year" to leave the theater. As the scene fades to black, Rutt says, "I see some of them leaving." Tuke then replies that maybe they're going to "go find that Nemo guy." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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After the end credits Koda appears, telling everyone in the name of the producers that no fish was harmed for the production of this motion picture. See more »

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Written by by Phil Collins
Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Additional Vocal Production by CHRIS GOLDSMITH
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama and Phil Collins with Oren Waters
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Outstanding
23 August 2004 | by (Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

Disney's penultimate traditionally animated feature proved to be one of its best. The film is loosely based on the mythology of the native people of the Pacific Northwest. It has many classic mythological elements such as transformations and journeys, both physical and spiritual. It is also unique among Disney films, in having no villain (at least in a tangible sense).

The movie features great music by Phil Collins and beautiful animation. It also makes novel use of the movie screen by switching to a wider aspect ratio at a certain point in the story.

The protagonist, the Inuit Kenai, learns the value of his totem, love, when he is transformed into a bear and becomes the traveling companion of the cub, Koda. The film also features the hilarious Canadian moose, Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) for comic relief.

I would count Brother Bear among my three favorite animated films (along with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron). It's also great for the kids. 10/10


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