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April 16, 2017
Still stunning, but falls heavily on emotions
April 9, 2017
Brother Bear Review:
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.
April 8, 2017
This movie revolves much around the Indian heritage and belief. Each Indian received there token which the spirits pick out for each individual. Kenai one of three brother received his town as the best of love. To him he did not find it to well suit him but the spirits did pick the best of love for him for a reason. One day his oldest brother Sitka was killed by a bear while saving Kenai and his other brother. When this happened Kenai grew much anger towards his token since it was the best the representation. He grew anger and went after the bear that killed his brother. When he had a confrontation with the bear he ended up killing the bear. When it happened he woke up the spirits. He was able to see his brother Sitka's spirit but Sitka being the eagle of wisdom had other plans for his brother Kenai. He transformed him into the animal Kenai had so much anger towards which was a bear. Now being a bear he saw how the perspective changed from the human view of humans against animals to the struggle animals have against humans, since his only left living brother was out to get the bear who harmed both his brother in his view. But he does not know that the bear spirit is Kenai now. He met a small cub named Koda and grew very close to him. As they went on a retreat he found out that the bear he killed was Koda's mother and that's when he confessed to Koda what had happen, which was not at all easy for Kenai. Kenai learns the love towards animals and see and appreciate what each other has to offer. He was able to experience the other side which he was unable to see before until he was placed in the shoes of the animals itself. This goes well with the Indian spirit religion as they do believe that each living matter and being had a spirit and should be respected. Even those of the animals because they are their ancestors spirits. Each token is given to a person as their strength one just has to find it and that's exactly what Kenai did. The Indian religion revolves much around nature. The movie itself shows nature everywhere and how it looks very untouched as well since harming nature would be harming the spirit as well. This movie is a great representation of the spirits within this religion. Even though there are several kinds of Indians and different forms of worship but all value the spirits. This moving is especially touching because it shows how to love what we cannot understand. I would definitely give it a five star rating, great for children to learn basic life lessons as well.
April 4, 2017
Brother Bear is a wonderful movie that is great for all ages. This movie is about a Native American Tribe in the far North America where glacier end. This tribe has spirit healer and spirit animals where everyone get assigned a totem to represent their journey to become a man or a woman. The movie follows Kenai a young man that get assigned the totem of love and the item is a small wooden bear. He gets upset that his totem of love is not man enough or cool enough and is embarrassed. During this a bear steal the fish he had collected earlier with his brothers. He gets upset and goes on a man hunt for the bear to seek his revenge. During this process, he finds the bear and his two brothers catch up. His older brother Sitka that has a totem of wisdom ends up sacrificing himself to save Kenai and his other brother Denali. Kenai and Denahi get in an argument about what to do and whose fault it was. Kenai get annoyed and seeks revenge again on the bear. He tracks the bear down and kills it even thou its his spirit animal. After this he transform from there higher power into a bear to learn a lesson. He is told that he need to go where the lights meat the mountains or earth. This is reference to where the northern light or Aurora borealis is. During this travel, he meets a young bear Name Koda who teaches him compassion and love.
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.
March 30, 2017
Best Disney movie out of all of them. This movie is extremely underated, it has an amazing soundtrack and a good story not seen in any other Disney movie.
March 15, 2017
This is a very underrated Disney film that deserves a better rating. The animation is great and the story are great. It teaches you about love and forgiveness all while adding that classic Disney charm.
January 13, 2017
10/10 would recommend
December 30, 2016
While it started off really well, it soon became quite sappy and contrived.
November 30, 2016
The story and animation of this one makes it my all time favourite ^^
November 13, 2016
This was a light hearted touching story to say the least. Even for a child's movie it will touch the hearts of all ages. And for a real decent look into the world of the native American's religious culture. This movie had references to the shaman and beautiful touch on the spirits. As with his brother becoming the great eagle with his totem and having the power to shift his brothers form in the age old "mile in another's shoes" a thorough recommendation from me.
November 13, 2016
Brother Bear is a Disney movie that depicts the relationship between Native Americans and nature. In the beginning of the movie, the narrator explains that the world is full of 'magic', which comes from the lights at the top of the mountains. The shaman woman of the tribe explains that these lights are actually spirits of deceased ancestors and loved ones. They are responsible for growth, through people or animals, and changing of the seasons. Typically, these spirits control everything and help guide their loved ones. The main character of the movie, Kenai, is about to turn into a man. The shaman took a quest to the mountains and it was revealed to her that Kenai's totem, is that of a bear. According to the spirits, in order to become a man, Kenai must base his life and actions around love. Kenai is appalled by this and doesn't understand how he must 'love' in order to become a man. He leaves the ceremony and finds that his basket of fish, that he didn't properly secure, had been ransacked by a bear. Kenai tracks down the bear, to try and kill it and prove his manhood. His brothers, Sitka and Denahi, follow him and discover that the bear nearly kills him and it caused him to fall off the side of a ledge. While the brothers are fighting for their lives, Sitka sacrifices himself in order to save the other two. The bear and Sitka fall into the icy river. The bear manages to escape into the woods. Angry over his brother's death, Kenai follows the bear with the intentions to kill it. The tracks the bear to the top of a mountain and as he kills the bear, he is surrounded by the spirits, in the form of the bright lights. Suddenly, Kenai is transformed into the bear. Denahi, who thought Kenai was an actual bear, tried to kill him, thinking that Kenai was dead. Kenai, disoriented and confused, managed to escape and when he wakes up, discovers the shaman, who told him he needed to find the place that the lights touched the Earth. He set on a quest to find this location so he could be human again, where he meets a young cub by the name of Koda. Koda is very annoying to Kenai at first, but soon grows on him. Kenai agrees to take Koda to the salmon run, because Koda says the place he's looking for is right neat the salmon run. When they reach their destination, Koda tells a story of how his mother encountered some hunters. Horrified, Kenai realizes the story is about him and how he killed Koda's mother. Kenai pulls Koda aside, and admits that he killed his mother when he was human. Hurt of the loss of his mother, Koda leaves and Kenai sets back to the mountain with the lights. When he reaches the mountain, Denahi is there and tries to kill him. Koda managed to help save him, and right before Kenai is about to be stabbed, he transforms back into a human. Kenai decides to continue living his life as a bear, so he can take care of Koda. Kenai has finally turned into a 'man', since he learned how to live his life by the way of his totem.

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.
November 13, 2016
Brother Bear is an exceptional children's movie about the importance of Native American's connection with nature and the Great Spirit. The bond of brotherhood leads the main character to make rash decisions once his brother Sitca, dies from a bear attack. He is angry and disappointed in himself and the loss of his brother. He turns his back upon the Great Spirit and hunts the bear down. After this turn of events, Kenai angers the Great Spirits and they teach him a lesson about respecting the balance between Man and Nature. He ends up on a great journey as a Bear, trying to find the great spirits and satisfy their decisions for him. This children's animation has a lot of historical and true connections to the Native American tribes of north America. On his journey the encounters he has with nature teaches him to respect the spirits and nature itself.
November 12, 2016
Brother Bear takes place in North America, with three brothers Denahi, Sitka and Kenai. Kenai the youngest of the brothers ends up disliking bears after his older brother is killed by one and he seeks revenge by killing the bear that killed his brother. After killing the bear, Kenai is changed into a bear himself as punishment for his act in killing the bear by the spirits. After Kenai is changed into a bear, he comes by his older brother spirit who tells him how he can change back to a human from being a bear, which is to find the Northern Lights, which is where the lights touch the earth. Kenai decide to set out on a voyage to find the Northern Lights. On his travels he meets a young bear named Koda, Koda is fun adoring bear who talks a lot. Through his travels with Koda, Kenai looks at Koda as his younger brother and learns that being a bear is not all that bad. Kenai and Koda end up coming face to face with his older brother who believes a bear may have killed Kenai too. In the end after Kenai is turned back into a human he wants to remain a bear and live the rest of his life as a bear. Kenai learned what brotherhood is about and became a man as being a bear. This movie relates to world religion in the chapter about the teachings of Native American Indigenous religions, Native American religions share a belief in a supreme force or scared power, the scared power maybe manifested in different ways, it may be inherited in parts of the natural world or may be an important quality of gods or other supernatural beings. In the Navajo of the southwestern United States they teach of the Holy Wind, which is a spiritual force that inhibits every element of creation, the Holy Wind enters living beings through their own breath and directs their actions and thoughts, they connect all living things. (Brodd, 2013, 33)

Brodd, Jeffrey. Invitation to World Religions. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. Print.
½ November 11, 2016
Some of "Brother Bear" feels unfinished, but there's enough emotional heft to carry its contrived and fairly predictable narrative.
September 30, 2016
One of their most underrated.
½ September 27, 2016
The movie starts out and it is very clear right away how the movie relates to Native American religions. It begins with an elderly man telling a story which is how many religious teachings are passed on instead of having a text they go by. The narrator says he was "taught the world was full of magic. The source of this magic is the ever changing lights that dance across the sky" and the lights are the spirits of their ancestors and they have the power to make changes. There is also a mountain where the lights dance above and this indicates the mountain would be a sacred place.
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.
September 19, 2016
This movie has so much heart, and I love this masterpiece of underrated Disney animation so how the hell has this got 38% on RottenTomatoes!
September 18, 2016
An amazing movie, and another masterpiece by Disney. Severely underappreciated, however, but from those I've spoken to, it's received nothing but praise. The second one I can believe has a bad rating, but not the first.
½ September 15, 2016
The animation is fairly ordinary by todays standards, but the moral of the story is good.
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