Brother Bear

2003 American animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation

Brother Bear is a 2003 traditionally-animated movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 1, 2003. It is about a human named Kenai who turns into a bear and discovers brotherhood. The 43rd animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, it was originally titled Bears, and was the third and final Disney animated movie produced mainly by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, that studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this movie in favor of computer animated features.[2] The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, but lost against Finding Nemo. A sequel, Brother Bear 2, was released on August 29, 2006.

Brother Bear
Directed byAaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Produced byChuck Williams
Written byTab Murphy
Lorne Cameron
David Hoselton
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
StarringJoaquin Phoenix
Jeremy Suarez
Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Jason Raize
D.B. Sweeney
Narrated byHarold Gould
Music byPhil Collins
Mark Mancina
Edited byTim Mertens
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • November 1, 2003 (2003-11-01)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$46 million[1]
Box office$250.4 million[1]

StoryEdit

Long ago, as the Earth was emerging from the Ice Age, there were three brothers. After a bear takes the life of Sitka, the oldest brother, the impulsive youngest brother Kenai kills the bear in revenge, only to be changed into a bear himself by the Great Spirits. Denahi, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed Kenai, vows revenge. Now, with brother hunting brother, Kenai's only hope to change back is to find the place where the lights touch the Earth. Along the way he meets and befriends a grizzly cub named Koda. After their journey, Kenai and Koda discover the true meaning of brotherhood.

ReceptionEdit

The reaction from movie reviewers was mixed to negative with many panning the movie as coping older Disney movies like The Lion King and the 20th Century Fox movie Ice Age (although Brother Bear began production before Ice Age did), while others defended the movie as a different and resonable variation of the theme. The popular American movie critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have given positive reviews of the movie. however so far, Brother Bear holds a rating of 38% in Rotten Tomatoes, which says that "Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting".[3]

Voice castEdit

CrewEdit

Crew Position
Directed by Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Produced by Chuck Williams
Written by Tab Murphy
Lorne Cameron
David Hoselton
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
Songs by Phil Collins
Original Score by Mark Mancina
Phil Collins
Associate Producer Igor Khait
Art Director Robh Ruppel
Film Editor Tim Mertens
Artistic Supervisors Steve Anderson (Story supervisor)
Jeff Dickson (Layout supervisor)
Barry R. Kooser (Background supervisor)
Phillip S. Boyd & Chrisine Lawrence-Finney (Clean-up supervisor)
Garrett Wren (Effects supervisor)
Supervising Animators Byron Howard (Kenai-Bear)
Alex Kuperschmidt (Koda)
Ruben A. Aquino (Denahi)
James Young Jackson (Kenai-Human)
Tony Stanley (Rutt)
Broose Johnson (Tuke)
Anthony Wayne Michaels (Sitka)
Tom Gately (Tanana)
Rune Brandt Bennicke (Tug & Koda's Mom)
Background Stylist
Character Design
Artistic Coordinator
Production Manager
Xiangyuan Jie
Rune Brandt Bennicke
Kirk Bodyfelt
Bruce Anderson

SongsEdit

Song Performed by Available on the soundtrack disc? Heard in the film?
Great Spirits Tina Turner Yes Yes
Transformation Phil Collins Yes No
Transformation Bulgarian Women's Choir Yes Yes
On My Way Phil Collins Yes Yes (except Koda sings the first few lyrics and the last lyric)
On My Way (this version contains Koda singing the first few lyrics and the last lyric) Jeremy Suarez
Phil Collins
No Yes
Welcome Phil Collins Yes No
Welcome Phil Collins
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Yes Yes
No Way Out (theme from Brother Bear) Phil Collins Yes Yes
Look Through My Eyes Phil Collins Yes Yes (also on bonus material)

Score by Mark Mancina/Phil Collins

Deleted songsEdit

  • "The Fishing Song" - This was intended for the salmon run sequence, but was replaced by "Welcome".
  • "This Can't Be My Destiny" This was song by Phil Collins. But unfortunately it never made it to the movie. The song was however mention in the special feature by Phil Collins. This song was never released.

Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  Canada November 1, 2003
  United States November 1, 2003
  Argentina December 4, 2003
  United Kingdom December 5, 2003
  Ireland December 5, 2003
  Paraguay December 5, 2003
  Uruguay December 5, 2003
  Brazil December 12, 2003
  Chile December 12, 2003
  Mexico December 17, 2003
  Panama December 19, 2003
  Bolivia December 25, 2003
  New Zealand December 25, 2003
  Peru December 25, 2003
  Australia December 26, 2003
  Colombia December 28, 2003
  Thailand December 31, 2003
  Taiwan January 16, 2004
  South Korea January 17, 2004
  Hong Kong January 22, 2004
  Poland January 23, 2004
  France January 28, 2004
  Bahrain February 1, 2004
  Hungary February 5, 2004
  Denmark February 6, 2004
  Iceland February 6, 2004
  Norway February 6, 2004
  Sweden February 6, 2004
  Belgium February 11, 2004
  Netherlands February 12, 2004
  Finland February 13, 2004
  Greece February 13, 2004
  Czech Republic February 19, 2004
  Bulgaria February 20, 2004
  Romania February 27, 2004
  Israel March 4, 2004
  Italy March 5, 2004
  Turkey March 5, 2004
   Switzerland March 12, 2004 (Italian speaking region)
  Japan March 13, 2004
  Austria March 18, 2004
  Germany March 18, 2004
  Russia March 18, 2004
  Ukraine March 18, 2004
  Estonia March 19, 2004
  South Africa March 19, 2004
   Switzerland March 24, 2004 (French speaking region)
   Switzerland March 25, 2004 (German speaking region)
  Portugal March 25, 2004
  Spain March 26, 2004
  Lithuania April 2, 2004
  Egypt April 7, 2004
  Croatia April 8, 2004
  Lebanon April 8, 2004
  Kuwait May 12, 2004

SequelEdit

Brother Bear 2 was released August 29, 2006.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Brother Bear". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  2. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328880/news Brother Bear (2003) - News
  3. http://www.animated-news.com/2003/brother-bear-two-thumbs-up/ Animated News » Brother Bear Two Thumbs Up!

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