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Brother Bear is a animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures and was released on November 1, 2003. In the film, an Inuk boy named Kenai pursues a bear in revenge for a battle that he provoked in which his oldest brother, Sitka, is killed. He tracks down the bear and kills it, but the Spirits, angered by this needless death, change Kenai into a bear himself as punishment. To be human again, Kenai must travel to a mountain where the Northern lights touch the earth, and learn how to see through another's eyes, feel through another's heart and discover the true meaning of brotherhood.


The film is set in post-ice age in Alaska, where the local tribesmen believe all creatures are created through Spirits, said to appear in the form of an aurora. Three brothers, Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix), Denahi (voiced by Jason Raize), and Sitka (voiced by D.B. Sweeney), return to their tribe in order for Kenai to receive his sacred totem, its meaning being 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, much to his objections, stating that bears are thieving monsters. He believes his point is made a fact when a bear steals some salmon. Kenai and his brothers follow the bear's trail; when they find the bear, Kenai recklessly throws rocks at it. Provoked, the bear attacks Kenai and he and his brothers battle the animal on a giant glacier. When the bear gets the upper hand, Sitka sacrifices himself to save his brothers by causing both himself and the bear to fall off the glacier. However, the bear survives and runs off into the woods. Kenai and Denahi find the remains of Stika's clothes, knowing that their brother is gone.

After Sitka's funeral, Kenai blames the bear for Sitka's death, Denahi tries to tell his brother that killing the bear is wrong, but Kenai wouldn't listen and heads out to avenge his elder brother. He chases the bear up onto a mountain and engages it in a fight, eventually stabbing it and killing it. The Spirits, represented by Sitka's spirit in the form of a bald eagle transforms Kenai into a bear after the dead bear's body evaporates. Denahi arrives, and, mistaking Kenai for dead and his bear form is responsible for it, vows to avenge Kenai.

Kenai falls down some river rapids, survives, and is healed by Tanana (voiced by Joan Copeland), 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 normal, but only when he corrects what he had done wrong; she quickly disappears without an explanation. Kenai quickly discovers the wildlife can talk, meeting two brother mooses, Rutt and Tuke (voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas). He gets caught in a trap, but is freed by a chatty bear cub named Koda (voiced by Jeremy Suarez). The two bears make a deal, Kenai will go with Koda to a nearby salmon run and then the cub will lead Kenai to the mountain. As the two eventually form a sibling-like bond, Koda reveals that his mother is missing. The two are hunted by Denahi who fails multiple times to kill Kenai, still unaware that he is his brother. Rutt and Tuke run into the bears multiple times, the group hitching a ride on a herd of mammoths to quicken the pace to the salmon run, but the moose are left behind when the bears move on. Next, the bears encounter some cave paintings, a pair of rams arguing with their own echo, and a land of geysers. Kenai and Koda escape Denahi again, and reach the salmon run, where a large number of bears live as a family, including the leader Tug (voiced by the late Michael Clarke Duncan), a huge Grizzly Bear. Kenai becomes very much at home and at content with the other bears. During storytime among the bears, Koda tells a story about his mother fighting human hunters on a glacier trying to protect her cub, making Kenai realise that he didn't just kill a bear, he killed...Koda's Mother.

Guilty and horrified, Kenai runs away, but Koda soon finds him. Kenai reveals the truth to Koda, who runs away heartbroken, because he is an orphan now. Unable to apologize to Koda because he can't find the cub, Kenai leaves to climb the mountain himself. Rutt and Tuke, having fallen off the mammoths (Rutt having lost an antler in the process), reform their brotherhood in front of Koda, prompting him to go after Kenai. Denahi confronts Kenai on the mountain, but their fight is intervened by Koda who steals Denahi's hunting spear. Kenai goes to Koda's aid out of love, prompting Sitka to appear and turn him back into a human, much to Denahi and Koda's surprise. Even though he can't talk to humans, Koda doesn't want Kenai to leave, because ever since he came into the cub's life, he has been like a brother to him. However, Kenai asks Sitka to transform him back into a bear so he can stay with Koda. Sitka complies, and 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 paints his paw print on the village wall. At last, Kenai gains his title as a man, through being a bear.


  • Joaquin Phoenix - Kenai
  • Jeremy Suarez - Koda
  • Jason Raize - Denahi
    • Harold Gould - Old Denahi
  • Rick Moranis - Rutt
  • Dave Thomas - Tuke
  • D.B. Sweeney - Sitka
  • Joan Copeland - Tanana
  • Michael Clarke Duncan - Tug
  • Paul Christie, Daniel Mastrogiorgio - Rams
  • Estelle Harris - Elderly bear
  • Greg Proops - Male Lover Bear
  • Pauley Perrette - Female Lover Bear
  • Darko Cesar - Croatian bear
  • Bumper Robinson - Chipmunks
  • Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley, Ph.D - Narrator (Inuit)
  • Hope Levy - Valley Girl Bear

Additional Voices

  • Pat Pinney
  • Brian Posehn
  • Phil Proctor
  • Pam Seagall
  • Bob Bergen
  • Rodger Bumpass
  • Jennifer Darling
  • Debi Derryberry
  • Bill Farmer
  • Sherry Lynn
  • Mickie McGowan
  • Caitlin Rose Anderson
  • Maxi Anderson
  • Carmen Carter
  • Randel Crenshaw
  • Trey Finney
  • Ben Johnson
  • Bethany Johnson
  • Luke Johnson
  • B. Wyatt Johnson
  • Amy Keys
  • Rick Logan
  • Susan Stevens Logan
  • Arnold McCuller
  • Tim Mertens
  • Josef Powell
  • Lamonte Van Hook
  • Julia Tillman Waters
  • Maxine W. Waters
  • Oren Waters
  • Willie Wheaton
  • Fred White
  • Terry Wood
  • Terry Young