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In the Disney-animated adventure Brother Bear, Joaquin Phoenix provides the voice of Kenai, a young Native American boy whose brother, Sitka (voice of D.B. Sweeney), is killed by a mother bear protect... read more read her cubs. With revenge in mind, Kenai sets out into the woods only to find himself magically transformed into a bear himself. Seeing the world through the eyes of his prey, Kenai is forced to learn a lesson about nature and life. On a comic footnote: Brother Bear also features the voices of Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as Rutt and Tuke, moose characters reminiscent of their beer-guzzling McKenzie brothers from SCTV and Strange Brew; because this is a family-oriented cartoon - and it would be inappropriate for the moose to quaff beer -- the two moose express a fondness for eating wheat hops instead. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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125 critics

DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004

Stats: 5,473 reviews

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  • October 5, 2012
    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.
  • May 19, 2011
    Fun, but gets really in to spirits and crap. Great music, horrible story, good voice acting. I liked it, but didnt love it.
  • May 4, 2011
    Brother Bear is a movie that is so close to being great that it's almost ridiculous. Had there been just a few changes made to the story, characters and dialogue, it would've been a really moving and timeless classic. As it stands though, this is interesting and beautiful to look... read more at, but the negative aspects can be overbearing. It's a kid's movie, so the Canadian Moose brothers and Bernie Mac Kid were something I just accepted as part of the package. However, I think that there was basically little to no development of the three brothers. It's just presented and then you're supposed to care about them. Well, at least Juaquin Phoenix was good and helped make the situation a bit easier to take it. I will say that Phil Collins continued his epically constructed score treatment that he started with Tarzan and in fact, it's the strongest element of the movie.
  • February 13, 2011
    Completely unoriginal film, and a seriously miscast Joaquin Phoenix. The story itself wasn't even remotely interesting. I didn't find myself caring for the characters at all. Stay far, very far away from this one.

    Grade: F
  • December 13, 2010
    this disney movie had i think the best drama of the newer generation of animated disney films and the end result was fantastic
  • July 30, 2010
    Don't care what anyone thinks... I liked this movie.
  • July 23, 2010
  • April 4, 2010
    Probably not up there with the best of Disney's full length features, but enjoyable all the same. Another hidden message for kids and a little adventure too.
  • January 28, 2010
    I liked the story.
  • February 19, 2008
    SoSo movie!

Critic Reviews

J. R. Jones
November 16, 2009
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Modest but guileless. Full Review

Todd McCarthy
June 6, 2008
Todd McCarthy, Variety

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

June 24, 2006
Time Out

Another watchable, old-fashioned, uninspired Disney animation. Full Review

Bruce Westbrook
July 21, 2005
Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

A lame duck of a movie. Full Review

Charles Passy
November 21, 2003
Charles Passy, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

Louise Kennedy
November 16, 2003
Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe

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,... Full Review

Terry Lawson
November 1, 2003
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

It's hard to avoid concluding that Brother Bear was pitched as Pocahontas meets The Lion King since it recycles the themes of both, not to mention a character or two. Full Review

Bill Muller
November 1, 2003
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

The hand-drawn animation is alternately static and inconsistent, and the story may be too downbeat for younger kids, who are most assuredly the target audience.

Desson Thomson
October 31, 2003
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

It's not that the movie is bad. It's just innocuous. Full Review

C.W. Nevius
October 31, 2003
C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

The good news is that this is mostly good old-fashioned hand-drawn Disney animation. The bad news is that it relies too much on old-fashioned formula, hackneyed plot and cookie-cutter characters. Full Review

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    • Kenoia: It's me.
    • Kenoia: Koda? It's me.
    • Kenoia: Leave him alone!
    • Koda: Hi-ya!
    • Koda: I'm practicin' my moves!
    • Rutt: Hey. My name's Rutt. This is my brother Tuke.
    • Tuke: How's it goin', bear?
    • Kenoia: Don't call me that.
    • Tuke: Sorry, uh... Mr. Bear?
    • Kenoia: No! I mean, I'm not a bear! I hate bears!

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