The lines, "I don't care that you and Binky found the world's biggest pine cone ever" and "First of all, it's not Binky, it's Bucky, and it wasn't a pine cone, it was a pine nut" said by Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix) and Koda (Jeremy Suarez) was an accidental improvisation because Phoenix messed up his line and Suarez corrected it when they were recording.
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."
In the German version Tuke and Rutt are called Benny and Björn after the two male members of the Swedish pop group ABBA. In the weeks before the theatrical release in Germany they appeared in short funny clips telling the audience to switch off cell phones during the movie.
In the Italian, German, Spanish and French releases of the movie Phil Collins sings "On My Way", "No Way Out", and "Welcome" in the local languages, as he did for the songs in Tarzan (1999). He also performed "Look through my eyes" in French and "No way out" in Japanese.
The moose Rutt and Tuke are voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, the same two who played the MacKenzie Brothers (two self-professed beer enthusiasts) in their shows and movie Strange Brew (1983). They even act out Rutt and Tuke as the same nutty personality types as they did as The MacKenzie Brothers, even using the same type of language like their over use of the Canadian expression "eh". They were even made to resemble the actors, with Rutt having Moranis' wide eyes and lower lip and Tuke having Thomas' thick eyebrows. When Tuke makes up with Rutt after their falling out, Rutt suggests "Hey, you know what this calls for? A pile of delicious barley and amber wheat on a cool bed of malted hops". The list is rough ingredients for beer.
Tuke and Rutt play "I Spy" while traveling on a mammoth. They both choose obvious items (in this case, a tree) and keep choosing it even when the other character knows what they chose. This continues a similar theme in many Disney branded movies (Finding Nemo (2003), Dinosaur (2000)...) where characters do the same thing.
The third and final film to be fully produced at Disney's Orlando, Florida animation facility at the Walt Disney World Disney-MGM Theme Park (after Mulan (1998) and Lilo & Stitch (2002)). This studio was shut down in March 2004 in favor of computer animated features.
The only traditionally-animated movie in the Disney Animated Canon to include the black-and-orange Walt Disney Pictures logo in its initial release. The logo was first used in 2000 and only lasted until 2006, when an elaborate CGI logo was unveiled during the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).
The painterly background styling is inspired by the landscapes of Albert Bierstadt. Then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, a collector of Bierstadt's work, lent the animators some of his own paintings to study.
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Sitka's spirit can be seen throughout the movie after Kenai was changed into a bear. 1: After Kenai wakes up after being changed into a bear, an eagle sitting on a tree branch watches him then flies off. 2: When Kenai and Koda are riding on the mammoth's tusks, after Koda says "I always wanted a brother" and the scene movies upward an eagle is seen sitting on a tree branch watching the bears. 3. When Kenai and Koda are going through the "lava path" after Koda and Kenai walk off screen (before Koda scares Kenai), an eagle flies after them. 4: an eagle meets up with Denahi on the mountains.
Of note to many critics and viewers was the use of the film's aspect ratio as a storytelling device. The film begins at a standard widescreen aspect ratio of 1.75:1 (similar to the 1.85:1 ratio common in U.S. cinema or the 1.78:1 ratio of HDTV), while Kenai is a human; in addition, the film's art direction and color scheme are grounded in realism. After Kenai transforms into a bear twenty-four minutes into the picture, the film itself transforms as well: to an anamorphic aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and towards brighter, more fanciful colors and slightly more caricatured art direction.
In 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.