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Brother Bear

Brother Bear

3.9 18
Director: Aaron Blaise, Bob Walker

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez


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In the Disney-animated adventure Brother Bear, Joaquin Phoenix provides the voice of Kenai, a young Native American boy whose brother is killed by a mother bear protecting her cubs. With revenge in mind, Kenai sets out into the woods only to find himself magically transformed into a bear himself, and is joined in his journey by a young orphan cub named Koda.


In the Disney-animated adventure Brother Bear, Joaquin Phoenix provides the voice of Kenai, a young Native American boy whose brother is killed by a mother bear protecting her cubs. With revenge in mind, Kenai sets out into the woods only to find himself magically transformed into a bear himself, and is joined in his journey by a young orphan cub named Koda. Seeing the world through the eyes of his prey, Kenai is forced to learn a lesson about nature and life. Brother Bear also features the voices of Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as characters that are reminiscent of their McKenzie brothers from SCTV.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Nominated for an Academy Award, this mystical coming-of-age fable offers a compelling story, some awe-inspiring animation, a menagerie of cute and comical critters, and power anthems by Phil Collins. Brother Bear also marks, if not the end of an era, at least an interruption, as Disney famously closed its Florida animation studio after completing the production. The film's lead character is Kenai, an Ice Age youth eagerly awaiting his manhood ceremony, where he will be given the totem that is said to guide its owner through life. Kenai is disappointed that his totem is "love," even though it's regarded as the most precious of all. But what's love got to do with it when a bear kills his brother? The vengeful Kenai hunts the beast down and kills it, only to be transformed into a bear himself. Here, in the theatrical version of the film included in this two-disc set, the movie goes through its own transformation; a Wizard of Oz-like demarcation at the 24-minute mark when the aspect ratio widens to reflect Kenai's new, ursine perspective. En route to a mountaintop where his late brother's spirit may return him to human form, Kenai is joined by Koda, a frolicsome young bear who shows Kenai the ropes. Though Kenai insists that Koda "keep all the cuddly bear stuff to a minimum," it is not long before the feisty and adorable cub inspires a change of heart in Kenai. SCTV fans will delight in two tag-along moose characters, Rutt and Tuke, voiced by the McKenzie brothers themselves, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Beauty, eh? The funniest moose since Bullwinkle, they also provide the commentary, which alone is worth the price of purchase. If it is true that Disney has decided to forsake for the foreseeable future traditional cel-animated features, then Brother Bear is a triumphant swan song -- or bear song, if you prefer.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Brother Bear is a piece of familiar Disney material. The tale of learning to walk a mile in someone else's fur involves the young hot-headed Kenoia (voice of Joaquin Phoenix) being transformed into a bear by his older brother in order to learn compassion. The sentiments expressed in the film are run-of the-mill love-thy-neighbor bromides that are great for youngsters but, considering the two-dimensional character development, will seem familiar and dull to parents. Brother Bear does have some good animation. The film was hand-drawn, a technique which, at the time, was being touted as soon-to-be-dead. The film is pleasant to look at, unlike the computer effects-heavy Treasure Planet. Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis provide a few welcome moments of humor as a pair of Canadian moose who sound more than a little like their Strange Brew characters Bob and Doug McKenzie. While the film offers no surprises, it certainly lives up to the studio's brand name.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Kenai
Jeremy Suarez Koda
Rick Moranis Rutt
Jason Raize Denahi
Dave Thomas Tuke
D.B. Sweeney Sitka
Joan Copeland Tanana
Michael Clarke Duncan Tug
Harold Gould Old Denahi
Paul Christie Ram #1
Daniel Mastrogiorgio Ram #2
Estelle Harris Old Lady Bear

Technical Credits
Aaron Blaise Director
Bob Walker Director
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Steven Bencich Screenwriter
Lorne Cameron Screenwriter
Phil Collins Score Composer,Songwriter
Ron J. Friedman Screenwriter
Mary Hidalgo Casting
David Hoselton Screenwriter
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Tim Mertens Editor
Tab Murphy Screenwriter
Robh Ruppel Art Director
Chuck Williams Producer


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Brother Bear 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first animated movie since The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast that had heart. You catch a glimmer of what made the original Disney movies great. Subject may be a little too scary and serious for young kids, but the movie is entertaining and enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lesson I learned from watching this movie is to ALWAYS PREVIEW first. My 3 1/2 year old has been playing very aggressively since watching this movie and incessantly asks why the boy killed the bear. Despite my answers, it is hard for him to understand why the brothers played so violently. I do not recommend this movie for young children.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It teaches you not to label animals as monsters and all that. While it doesn't match FernGully, it's a wonderful and meaningful story for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up with the old Disney movies and they really inspired me throughout my life so far. Brother Bear was just as good as any of the oldies! Even though I am 16 if was as intertaining for me as if I was 5 again. I LOVED IT!!! I am buying copies for everyone I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. After a bad experience bringing my child to the theater to see Lilo and Stitch my wife and I desided to start previewing all Disney videos. We are so glad we did this one. NOT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!! It is violent and disgusting. The opening has two brothers fighting with one going to spit in the other's face. Goats yelling 'shut up' at their own echo. Moose based on the McKenzy brothers taking about eating 'hops'. A beer reference I would guess. Bears in love told to 'find a cave'. All in all Disney has tried to target too large an age range. I 'might' let a 12-14 year old see this on the edge of puberty, but not my 4 year old. The death of too many characters, leaving lots of room for children's questions about where the mama bear is, is just too in your face. The entire movie was like the horrible opening of Finding Nemo where the mother dies. This is not a feel good movie, has little to give it moral value, overall very disappointing. Why can't Disney learn to use the values they proport their characters are learning?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie proves that humans and animals have to learn to understand each other. A must-see for animal lovers of all ages!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Brother Bear' is defiantly one of my favorite movies.The animation is so beautiful,it looks like a moving painting.The first act was so intense,I could almost feel my heart pounding.The best part though was when the Northern Lights transformed Kenai into a bear.It was pure magic!The actors really brought a lot of humor and heart into their characters.My favorite character was Koda because-unlike most recent animated youngsters-Koda's adoreable,loveable, innocent,and loyal.'Brother Bear' also has morals of judgement,loss,deep friendship(or brotherhood),and respect for life.The movie's only flaw is the music.The score is alright but most of the songs are really sappy.The film should have had better songs like Train's 'When I Look to the Sky',Avril Lavigne's 'Falling Down',or even Ashanti's rendition of 'Colors of the Wind'.But other than that,'Brother Bear' is an amazing movie. It's the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so few movies that appeal to both young, adult and older adult audiences, Disney has seized the genre. "Brother Bear" is a bittersweet story of coming of age and understanding. I enjoyed this movie and hope others will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A hard movie to rate because it IS rather violent and makes references that are inapropriate for children, but that doesn't mean it doesn't also have it's good side. This movie teaches people that animals have feelings too. It is a wonderful lesson in empathy and respect for our fellow creatures. While I think Disney could have portrayed this theme in a better way, it doesn't deplete the fact that the moral IS THERE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie so much I saw it 3 times in the theaters. But a few corrections to the movie review. The boy's name is spelled Kenai, not Kenoia. It's the boy's oldest brother who is slain by the mother bear, not his father. And who forgot to mention Koda, the glue that makes the movie so entertaining! It is a must for any parent of a child who loves animals!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my god, this movie is the best animated movie (apart from Finding Nemo)! It's quite a sad movie, and a funny movie. Some reviewers are just CRAZY if they give this movie below 4-stars!
frustratedmemenber More than 1 year ago
I cannot seem to get any service from B&N. One simple problem and I have had ha dto invest 8 emails and talked to 6 persons for 5.5 hoors minimum and still I cannot get a resolution. Maybe they read the reviews. They don't seem to care about the many books I have purchsed.