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Brother Bear (2003)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Darko Cesar ...
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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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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 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. See more »

Goofs

While Kenai is falling of the ledge before he goes into the ice cave, his rope completely disappears. 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

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

Connections

Spoofs The Lion King (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

No Way Out (Theme from Brother Bear)
(Phil Collins Version)
Written by Phil Collins
Produced and Arranged by Phil Collins and Chris Montan
Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
Performed by Phil Collins
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An excellent film utilizing a dying art form - animation by hand is still the best.

Though I think highly of the new three-dimensional computerized animated films, the traditional hand-drawn stuff just has a different charm. And whatever some people say, traditional animation is not dated. This cartoon's story is interesting, accurately based on real Inuit beliefs. Every component of it is great, and the scene where Koda discovers that Kenai is really a man is beautiful. Not going to give away the happenings behind this powerful, moving scene. The hand-drawn animation is done in the classical style, but the computer graphics are breathtaking. The waterfalls, the mountains, the Aurora Borealis... they're fantastic. The two McKenzie moose are great for comic relief. The characterization is great, and I like the Inuit priest. The brotherhood is something I can identify with perfectly - my three cousins are exactly the same. The music depends on preference. I think the opening Tina Turner song is OK, nothing special, but the Phil Collins songs are better. It's no Jungle Book, Oliver and Company or Lion King when it comes to the music department. I think Jeremy Suarez (seems familiar in the behind-the-scenes trailer) must be a pretty good actor. Koda's my favorite character in the movie. This cartoon is really great, and I'm torn between it and Finding Nemo for cartoon of the year. It's great entertainment, an interesting story told through a truly great, but dying, art form.


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