Brother Bear

Brother Bear has a dramatic story--after he kills a bear, a young hunter named Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator) in prehistoric North America is turned into a bear himself and hunted by his own brother--but the animated movie's tone is more earnest and warm than tragic, focusing on the unfolding relationship between Kenai and an orphaned bear cub named Koda (voiced by Jeremy Suarez). However, it's often the comic supporting characters who prove the most popular, and a pair of moose voiced by Rick Moranis and Doug Thomas in their McKenzie brothers/Canadian dude mode (from SCTV and the movie Strange Brew) will win many fans. The songs by Phil Collins are typically negligible, but the hand-drawn animation is lush (occasional flashes of computer-generated animation clash with the movie's overall look). Kids will also enjoy the mammoths; no sabre-toothed tigers, unfortunately. --Bret Fetzer

Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 21 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Metacritic:
48
Rotten Tomatoes:
38%
G (General Audience)
Year:
2003
85
$85,095,337
Website
7,756 Views

Denahi:
There he is.

Kenai:
[moans in annoyance] Ohh.

Denahi:
Ha ha! Come here, loverboy.

Kenai:
Uhh. Leave me alone.

Denahi:
Aw, Kenai, wait.

Kenai:
Uhh.

Denahi:
I'm sorry.

Kenai:
What?

Denahi:
Your totem: I think it's really great.

Kenai:
You do?

Denahi:
Yeah. And I made you something?

Kenai:
[smiling] Really?

Denahi:
[throws flowers on Kenai's head] Now when you skip around loving everybody, you'll smell so sweet.

[Kenai pushes the flowers back to Denahi]

Sitka:
Well, isn't this nice? Instead of fighting, you're giving each other flowers.

Denahi:
Yeah, isn't it lovely? He's so in touch with his totem already.

Kenai:
Uhh!

Sitka:
Hey, dog breath, go take care of the fish.

Denahi:
Sure. Kenai loves me, he loves me not. Kenai loves me, he loves me not. Kenai loves me, he loves me not.

Sitka:
[grabs Kenai's hand before he throws the rock] Kenai.

Kenai:
Someday I'm gonna just-- He's just such a--

Sitka:
Hey, bonehead. Just because his totem is wisdom doesn't mean he's wise. I mean, look at him.

Denahi:
Kenai loves me, he loves me not. Kenai lo-- [accidentally steps on a dog's tail and the dog yelps and barks] Hey! Whoa!

People:
Hi, Denahi.

Denahi:
Oh, hi. Heh-heh. [the dog growls and bites his butt, offscreen] Aah!

Kenai:
Ooh.

Denahi:
Let go!

Kenai:
Yeah. I guess the spirits messed up on both of our totems.

Sitka:
You know, I felt the same way when Tanana gave me mine.

Kenai:
Get out of here.

Sitka:
No, really. I said, "The Eagle of Guidance? What does that mean?" Ha ha. But now that I'm older, I know it's about being a leader, and keeping an eye on you two.

Kenai:
I just want to get my handprint on that wall.

Sitka:
Just be patient, Kenai. When you live by your totem, you will.

Kenai:
Really?

Sitka:
Guarantee it. [laughs]

Kenai:
But come on, the Bear of Love? I mean a bear doesn't love anyone they don't think, they don't feel, I mean they're-- [people chatter at the fish trail] They're thieves.

Denahi:
You didn't tie it off, did you?

Kenai:
Uh-- [chuckles nervously]

Denahi:
You should've got the totem of pinheads!

Sitka:
Knock it off. We'll just make another basket.

Denahi:
We? Oh, no. No. It took me 2 weeks to make that basket. You get lover-boy to do it. He's the one that's messing things up all the time. Typical Kenai.

Kenai:
All right. I'll go get your basket.

Sitka:
Kenai, wait. Kenai!

Denahi:
[Sitka looks at him angrily] [confused] What?

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