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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) | 24 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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Official Sites:

Disney

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

Gross USA:

$85,336,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,397,798
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The mammoths were based on woolly mammoths that lived in North America and later became extinct 400,000 years ago during the Pleistocene period to the Holocene period. 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 »

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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Crazy Credits

The name of Bruce Johnson, the lead animator for the moose character Tuke, is spelled "Broose". See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2013 Blu-ray release plasters the closing variant of the 2000 Walt Disney Pictures logo with the closing 2011 variant of the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo, which just reads "Disney". See more »

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Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Brave (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

No Way Out (Theme from Brother Bear)
Written by Phil Collins
Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Performed by Phil Collins
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Gorgeous to look at, with an awesome soundtrack and a heartwarming story. Has its minor flaws, but it is VERY underrated
1 December 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting to enjoy Brother Bear as much as I did. It is by far one of the better post-Tarzan Disney movies, along with Emperor's New Groove and Lilo and Stitch. I do think it is very underrated, apart from a couple of minor flaws there is hardly anything wrong with it. So what makes Brother Bear a delight? Well for one thing, the animation is simply gorgeous. Beautiful colours, stunning backgrounds and next to flawless character movement. Out of the post-Tarzan Disney movies, Brother Bear gets my vote as the most beautiful visually.

Another pro was the awesome soundtrack. The orchestral music is lovely, and Phil Colins's songs are every bit as catchy, fun and memorable as the ones he did for Tarzan. The film also has a heartwarming story, concentrating on the friendship between Kenai and Koda and there is a nice moral. There is also a lot of symbolism, that was incorporated into the narrative very well. The characterisations are strong, with Joaquin Pheonix superb as the voice of Kenai, and Koda(voiced by Jeremy Suarez) is a simply adorable character. Plus the MacKenzie Moose, voiced by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis were hilarious. There are some funny parts in the script, but quintessentially it is a heartwarming one, maybe even some tearjerkers.

I have very little to complain about this movie. Though had this movie been a tad longer, we could have had some more development in the secondary characters. My only other qualm was although the songs in general were awesome, the song sung by Tina Turner at the beginning wasn't quite in the same league. Other than that, this is a great underrated movie, not Disney's best, but you know what, it is well worth the look. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox


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