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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:
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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This November, see through another's eyes, feel through another's heart, and discover the meaning of brotherhood. 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:

Bears 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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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the DVD subtitles identify the narrator as Sitka, when it is actually Denahi. 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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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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Beauty and the "Bear"
12 December 2003 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

"Brother Bear" is the latest Disney feature to be done in hand-drawn animation. In it, a young hunter in the Pacific Northwest of the Ice Age is transformed into a bear to look at life from another perspective. The animation is beautifully done, depicting breathtaking scenes of nature. And things like a herd of caribou or a school of salmon were eye-catching. The story is fascinating, letting you know what it's like to go from being the hunter to being the hunted. Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis make funny cameos as Rutt and Tuke, a pair of moose patterned after their "MacKenzie Brothers" characters. The vignettes during the end credits are funny as well. So, "Brother Bear" offers a good example of what 2D animation can still do.


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