Brother Bear (2003)

Brother Bear (2003)



Critic Consensus: Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting.

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Driven by the emotional and joyous rhythms of five great new songs from Academy-Award (R) winner Phil Collins, "Brother Bear" is Disney's exciting new animated holiday adventure. Set against the majestic natural splendor of the Great American Northwest, the film tells the story of a boy named Kenai, whose life takes an unexpected turn when the Great Spirits transform him into a bear - the creature he hates most. Befriended by a bear cub named Koda, Kenai sets out to regain his human form while his brother (who doesn't realize Kenai is now a bear) pursues him on a mission of revenge and family honor. With breathtaking animation, powerful emotion and humor, this film introduces a memorable cast of characters and paints an unforgettable tale of courage, honor and self-discovery.
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Jason Raize
as Denahi
Joan Copeland
as Tanana
Harold Gould
as Old Denahi
Paul Christie
as Ram #1
Greg Proops
as Male Lover Bear
Estelle Harris
as Old Lady Bear
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Critic Reviews for Brother Bear

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (31)

Modest but guileless.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Top Critic

Another watchable, old-fashioned, uninspired Disney animation.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A lame duck of a movie.

July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It feels like a project that got quietly pushed through the pipeline while the studio gears up for bigger and better things.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Give one chef eggs, cream, and sugar, and he'll produce creme brulee. In another kitchen, you'll get plain old vanilla pudding. What we have in Brother Bear, for all the potentially tasty ingredients, is pudding.

Full Review… | November 16, 2003
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Brother Bear

There's definitely a charm to this film, but compared to the trailblazers that came before it, this feels very underwhelming. My main complaint would be that it relies a lot on contrived ideas and has a morality that feels uninspiring, though it's dealing with big, provocative issues. The other thing that was really annoying was the reliance on Phil Collins for the music, which was an interesting gimmick in "Tarzan" but here it's unwelcome and tedious. The message relies on facing up to past misdeeds, letting go of grief's anger, and not blaming the wrong people for mistakes. I liked that it dealt with a culture that doesn't get much screen time, but most of the plot focuses more on a man-bear's journey to a mountaintop, and that's just not that exciting. It was rather funny at times too, though that's mostly because of the Canadian moose, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. The ending was amazing, and goes against a lot of traditional Disney narratives, which I thought was a very thoughtful choice. It just didn't feel very fresh, as it dealt with a lot of already trodden ground.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Animation work is above average and there are a couple of standout scenes but ultimately it doesn't reach the heights of Disney's back catalogue. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Fun, but gets really in to spirits and crap. Great music, horrible story, good voice acting. I liked it, but didnt love it.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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