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At Theaters: 11/1/2003 On Video: 3/30/2004
Rated: G Length: 1 hr. 25 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419969
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
The story of a boy named Kenai, whose life takes an unexpected turn when the Great Spirits transform him into a bear - the creature he hates most. Befriended by a bear cub named Koda, Kenai sets out to regain his human form while his brother (who doesn't realize Kenai is now a bear) pursues him on a mission of revenge and family honor.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Animated Drama Comedy - An old style animation with beautifully drawn scenery. The story has some good life lessons and not as much humor as many animated movies.
Cast and Crew Heading
Joaquin Phoenix (Voice of Kenai)
Jeremy Suarez (Voice of Koda)
Rick Moranis (Voice of Rutt)
Dave Thomas (Voice of Tuke)
Director: Aaron Blaise Directing Debut
Director: Bob Walker Directing Debut
Producer: Chuck Williams Feature Producing Debut
Production Notes Heading
Production Information
About The Production
Nature Calls
Creating A Bear's Eye View
Great Musical Spirits
Content Heading
VIOLENCE: A person is killed by a bear, but it's not shown. Intense fights.
ACTION: Several suspenseful and intense action scenes.
COMEDY: A fair amount of humor, but certainly lower than most kids movies.

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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Brother Bear will not go down in the annals of traditional animation as a classic, but it is proof that Disney remains capable of producing enjoyable, family-oriented animated movies. This film looks and feels a little bit like a throwback to the kinds of pictures Disney was making five or six years ago when it was still at the top of the animation heap. There's drama and comedy, a message about tolerance and brotherhood, and a few songs to sell the soundtrack. The end result is a pleasant experience that is more appropriate for families than for adults unaccompanied by young offspring. ''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Disney's "Brother Bear" is more mystical and New Age than your average animated movie about animals. It's ambitious in its artistry... But it doesn't have the zowie factor of "The Lion King" or "Finding Nemo," and is sweet rather than exciting. Children and their parents are likely to relate on completely different levels, the adults connecting with the transfer of souls from man to beast, while the kids are excited by the adventure stuff.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "While the hand-drawn animation is visually appealing, the story is completely predictable and Phil Collins's music lacks the impact of his Oscar-winning TARZAN tunes. But the spunky Koda is adorable, and while the Canadian-accented moose (antlered ringers for Thomas and Moranis's dim-witted Bob and Doug McKenzie) aren't as strikingly original as THE LION KING'S Timon and Pumbaa, it's still pretty amusing to see them hitching a ride on a wooly mammoth's back or contorted into yoga positions.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "It's not a bad story. It transmits a good and timely message. Too bad it feels thin and flat. Things liven up only a little when two moose voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, in the dopey Mackenzie brothers-patois of their old "SCTV" days, stagger into view. The give- and-take was better 20 years ago."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 100 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
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Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
Very High
13-19Teens (M/F)
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Very High
30+Adults (M)
30+Adults (F)
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Virtually everyone thought Brother Bear was great. Kids, teens and adults, both male and female, gave it some very high opinions. You know it's a movie people really enjoyed when so many of the opinions are "Fantastic" and "Excellent." Equally important is the fact that there were very few low opinions.


Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.

This is the story of three brothers who lived long ago - when the great mammoths still roamed the magnificent, unspoiled American Northwest. 

Kenai, the youngest of three brothers, is about to receive his totem - a symbol revealed by the Great Spirits to help guide him through life. When Tanana (the village Shaman) presents him with a carved bear - the symbol of love - he is deeply disappointed. He had been hoping for something a bit more important - like the eagle totem (representing guidance) received by his oldest brother Sitka, or the wolf totem (for wisdom) of his brother, Denahi. Sitka tries to comfort him, but Denahi teases him mercilessly. 

Shortly after, Kenai discovers that a bear has stolen his basket of fish, and he impulsively charges after the animal. His brothers pick up his trail and race off to protect him. Trapped in a fierce confrontation, Sitka makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his siblings by breaking off a piece of glacier. The brave brother plunges to his death while the bear emerges unharmed from the waters below. 

Ignoring Denahi's advice and the village teachings of brotherhood, Kenai tracks down the bear he holds responsible for Sitka's death. Against overwhelming odds, he ultimately battles and kills the bear. At that moment, the Great Spirits, in the form of the Northern Lights descend on Kenai and transform him into the very creature that he most despises. Meanwhile, Denahi, having discovered his younger brother has gone after the bear, comes upon the scene just after Kenai has changed. Seeing the bear standing over his brother's torn clothes and broken spear, he assumes the worst - another brother has fallen to a bear. Forsaking his peaceful philosophy, Denahi is enraged and vows to track down the bear who killed his brother.
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