Brother Bear (2003 movie)

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Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 44th Disney animated feature film. In the film, an Inuit boy named Kenai pursues a bear in revenge for a fight that he provoked in which his oldest brother Sitka is killed.He tracks down the bear and kills it, but the Spirits, incensed by this unnecessary death, change Kenai into a bear himself as punishment.

In order to be human again, Kenai must travel to a mountain where the Northern lights touch the earth. On his way, Kenai is joined by a bear cub, and learns to see through another’s eyes, feel through another’s heart, and discovers the true meaning of brotherhood.

  • Starring : Joaquin Phoenix / Jeremy Suarez
  • Genre : Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English / Inuktitut / Croatian / Serbian
  • Director : Aaron Blaise / Robert Walker
  • Production : Walt Disney Animation Studios / Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida / Walt Disney Pictures
  • Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / B&H Film Distribution / Buena Vista International / Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) / Prooptiki / Walt Disney Company Nordic / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Buena Vista International Finland / Disney Channel / Gativideo / Walt Disney Home Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Brother Bear movie

Brother Bear release date

  • October 20, 2003 : USA (premiere)
  • October 24, 2003 : USA (limited)
  • November 1, 2003 : Canada
  • November 1, 2003 : USA
  • December 5, 2003 : UK
  • December 5, 2003 : Ireland
  • December 26, 2003 : Australia
  • January 28, 2004 : France
  • January 28, 2004 : Philippines (Manila)
  • February 4, 2004 : Philippines (Davao)
  • February 6, 2004 : Sweden
  • February 27, 2004 : Israel (premiere)
  • March 4, 2004 : Israel
  • March 12, 2004 : Switzerland (Italian speaking region)
  • March 13, 2004 : Japan
  • March 18, 2004 : Germany
  • March 24, 2004 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
  • March 25, 2004 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
  • March 26, 2004 : Spain

Brother Bear cast

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

The film was the third and final Disney animated feature produced primarily by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida; the studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this film in favor of computer animated features. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. A direct-to-video sequel, Brother Bear 2, was released on August 29, 2006.

In a post-ice age Alaska, where the local tribesmen believe all creatures are created through the Spirits, who are said to appear in the form of an aurora, three brothers, Kenai, the youngest brother; Denahi, the middle brother; and Sitka, the eldest brother, return to their tribe in order for Kenai to receive his totem, a necklace in the shape of an animal. The particular animal it represents symbolizes what he must achieve to call himself a man. Unlike Sitka, who gained the eagle of guidance, and Denahi, who gained the wolf of wisdom, Kenai receives the bear of love. He resents this, stating that bears are thieves, and believes his point is made a fact when a bear steals some salmon. Kenai and his brothers pursue the bear, but the fight ends on top of a glacier, during which Sitka gives his life to save his brothers, although the bear survives. Enraged, Kenai heads out to avenge Sitka. He chases the bear up onto a mountain and kills it. The Spirits, represented by Sitka’s spirit in the form of a bald eagle, transform Kenai into a bear after the dead bear’s body evaporates. Denahi arrives and, believing that Kenai’s bear form killed him, vows to avenge Kenai by hunting it down.

Kenai falls down some rapids, survives, and is healed by Tanana, the shaman of Kenai’s tribe. She does not speak the bear language, but advises him to return to the mountain to find Sitka and be turned back to a human, but only when he atones for his actions; she vanishes without an explanation. Kenai quickly discovers that wildlife can talk, befriending two brother moose, Rutt and Tuke. He gets caught in a trap, but is freed by a charismatic bear cub named Koda. They make a deal: Kenai will escort Koda to an annual salmon run and then the cub will lead Kenai to the mountain. As the two eventually form a sibling-like relationship, Koda reveals that his mother is missing. The two are hunted by Denahi, who is still determined to avenge Kenai, unaware that the bear he is pursuing is actually Kenai. Eventually, Kenai and Koda reach the salmon run, where a large number of bears live as a family, including the leader Tug, a grizzly bear. Kenai accepts his new surroundings and is comfortable living with the other bears. During a discussion among the bears, Koda tells a story about his mother fighting human hunters, reminding Kenai of his and his brothers’ altercation with the bear on top of the glacier and making him realize that the bear he killed was Koda’s mother.

Traumatized and disgusted at what he has done, Kenai runs away in a fit of guilt, but Koda follows him. Kenai reveals the truth to Koda, who tearfully runs away. A crest-fallen Kenai leaves to reach the mountain. Rutt and Tuke, having had an argument, reform their brotherhood in front of Koda, prompting him to forgive Kenai. Denahi corners Kenai on the mountain, but their battle is interrupted by Koda, who steals Denahi’s hunting pike. Kenai sacrifices himself for Koda, out of love, prompting Sitka to appear and turn him back into a human, much to Denahi and Koda’s surprise.

However, upon realizing that Koda needs him because of his own mistake, Kenai asks Sitka to transform him back into a bear with Denahi’s blessing. Sitka complies, and Kenai is transformed back into a bear. Koda is reunited briefly with the spirit of his mother, before she and Sitka return to the Spirits. In the end, Kenai lives with the rest of the bears and gains his title as a man, through being a bear.

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