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Brother Bear (2003)

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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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Tab Murphy (screenplay), Lorne Cameron (screenplay) | 23 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Kenai (voice)
Jeremy Suarez ... Koda (voice)
Jason Raize ... Denahi (voice)
Rick Moranis ... Rutt (voice)
Dave Thomas ... Tuke (voice)
D.B. Sweeney ... Sitka (voice)
Joan Copeland ... Tanana (voice)
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Tug (voice)
Harold Gould ... Old Denahi (voice)
Paul Christie Paul Christie ... Ram #1 (voice)
Danny Mastrogiorgio ... Ram #2 (voice) (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)
Estelle Harris ... Old Lady Bear (voice)
Greg Proops ... Male Lover Bear (voice)
Pauley Perrette ... Female Lover Bear (voice)
Darko Cesar Darko Cesar ... Foreign Croatian Bear (voice)
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Storyline

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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bear | spirit | revenge | fight | ice age | See All (79) »

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Welcome to a world where animals rule and the only human around... isn't human anymore. See more »


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Official Sites:

Disney | Disney [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Inuktitut | Croatian | Serbian

Release Date:

1 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra de osos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$128,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$291,940, 26 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,336,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,397,798
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DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

While Denahi is right to blame Kenai, he denies the fact that he himself holds some of the blame. If he hadn't been so hard on his younger brother (even going as far as to say that he's constantly messing up) Kenai wouldn't have gone looking for the basket, and if Denahi hadn't blamed Kenai for Sitka's death, Kenai wouldn't have gone after the bear. Both learn their lesson in the hardest way possible-- Denahi when he believes Kenai was killed, and Kenai when he realizes the bear he killed was Koda's mom. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Asides from the Walt Disney Pictures opening logo animation, there are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

The movie changes aspect ratio about a quarter of the way into the film from 1.75:1 to 2.35:1, after Kenai is transformed into a bear. The DVD release in March 2004 features the original widescreen version of the film (which retains the aspect ratio change) and a so-called "family-friendly" version which keeps an 1.66:1 aspect ratio for the entire film. See more »

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Great Spirits
Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Performed by Tina Turner
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Outstanding
23 August 2004 | by pgear83See 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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