Brother Bear Reviews
Brother bear is a lovely Disney film about a young man who has to really make the transition from being completely childish into adulthood by being transformed into a bear by forces beyond his own control. He must take the time to learn about loss, grieving, anger and everything in between by meeting various animals that all offer a different piece of the story. Along the way, he ends up teaming up with the young and lone bear cub Koda. Together they go through a world of hurt and misunderstanding, to enter into what can only be described as true love that really makes one see what family can really mean to someone big or small. What made this so interesting to watch, was really something about the idea of learning a lesson from a myth. In native American mythologies, the tales that the elders within the community often present to children and sometimes adults to teach them lessons from on how to handle others in society and overall help them gain an understanding of the meaning of life in all of its forms. Usually these myths are presented from the point of view of the trickster, but I can see the idea being presented differently here to show children the same lessons in a different way. There are plenty of other myths that teach the lessons of life and death and the ideas that accompany those things. I think that this movie is so sweet, and looking back it really make me so happy because I was proabably in about 1st or 2nd grade and back then I just saw it as being a fun little movie and a man who gets turned into a bear, like there was some amazing Disney magic behind it when in reality it had an AMAZING message.
This movie shows a great example of indigenous religions. This one of the native American tribes and they easily overlook. They were many tribes that had similar and different beliefs. Most native American religion had a strong connection with nature they a lot of them had connection with a spirit animals. All their religions held animals to a standard higher than them.
This movie is important in explaining the religions of indigenous people. They have a very strong connection to nature, as it is shown in the movie. At the beginning of the movie, Denahi is shown as the narrator and he's telling the story of his brother's story and the lesson he learned. Myths and story-telling are very popular in indigenous religions, because they teach stories and a lesson. There are many life lessons to be learned by these stories, and this is exactly what this movie is.
Brodd, Jeffrey. Invitation to World Religions. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. Print.
The movie is about three brothers named Sitka, Denahi and Kenai. The youngest brother, Kenai is preparing for a ceremony to manhood and he is out fishing with the others. Denahi ask Kenai to tie up the basket of fish so a bear doesn't get it and this began the spiral of events. At the ceremony Kenai will be receiving his totem that will guide his actions to manhood and through life. The totem he receives is the bear of love. He's unhappy with this totem but still wants to get his hand on the wall along with his ancestors. Sitka consoles Kenai telling him he didn't want or like his eagle of guidance when was given to him at his ceremony. The brothers discover after the ceremony that the basket wasn't tied well and a bear has gotten the fish. Kenai sees the bear walking off and instigates a fight with the bear. During the fight, Sitka sacrifices himself to save Denahi and Kenai and Sitka and the bear fall down a cliff into a river and the bear survives. Denahi blames Kenai for Sitka's death so Kenai in anger wants to leave and find the bear for revenge. Before he leaves, Kenai is warned to not kill the bear, which would upset the spirits. Kenai finds the bear and kills it on top of a mountain. After the bear is killed, spirits come and Sitka appears as an eagle then self. He grabs Kenai and turns him into a bear. First thing he sees after he wakes up as a bear is an eagle, or Sitka. Tanana tells him he has to make things right with his brothers spirit by getting back to the mountain that meets the lights. Kenai begins his journey back to the mountain and meets a cub, Koda. Kenai agrees for him to tag along to the salmon run which is near the mountain. On the journey, there are many signs guiding him toward the mountain and Denahi is chasing them. At the end, Kenai realizes he is the one that killed Koda's mother and on top of the mountain decides to stay a bear to be there for Koda. Denahi takes him back to their family and he gets to put his mark next to his ancestors as a bear paw.