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Concept artwork for Brother Bear: The Series

If Brother Bear did get picked up as a series, it would have definitely been an enjoyable show to work on. I loved the characters, loved the writing and the whole concept.
Pete Michels[1]

Brother Bear: The Series is a cancelled television series inspired by Brother Bear. It was to be written by Bart Jennett and Pete Michels.

Synopsis

"The synopsis for Brother Bear: The Series saw Koda enjoying Kenai as his big brother so much that he decided to invite other orphaned animals to join their family. Eventually, the family would have included an overactive husky pup, two owlets, a porcupine, and a strange elephant/platypus hybrid named Doohickey, one of the last of its kind, who had a habit of blithely leading Kenai and Koda into danger."[1]

Production and development

From 2003 to 2004, Disney Channel International sought to develop television series based on their well-known properties, such as their animated feature films. These television series would first premiere on Disney Channel before airing on the ABC network's Saturday morning block. For Brother Bear: The Series, Walt Disney Television Animation hired writer Bart Jennett, who chose to write pilots and produce teleplays for both Brother Bear and Robin Hood. Pete Michels was hired to helm the pilot of Brother Bear: The Series.

The directors of Brother Bear, Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, were not involved in the development of the series. Kurt Dumas joined the series as a storyboard artist, with Jill Daniels in charge of the art direction. Matt Barrios signed on as editor, while also working on Robin Hood and Mulan & The Treasures Of Qin. Some returning cast members included Jeremy Suarez as Koda, Rick Moranis as Rutt, and Dave Thomas as Tuke. However, Joaquin Phoenix was to be replaced by Will Friedle as the voice of Kenai. Some new voice talents included Tom Kenny and Grey DeLisle.

Though Jennett and Michels completed a pilot episode that did well with test audiences, it was not picked up by Disney Channel U.S., which deemed the project counterintuitive to their goals.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Josh Armstrong (November 26, 2013). O Brother Bear , Where Art Thou?: Why Disney Channel turned down Brother Bear: The Series. Animated Views. Retrieved on July 28, 2020.
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