Brother Bear

Brother Bear
Directed byAaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Produced byChuck Williams
Written byTab Murphy
Lorne Cameron
David Hoselton
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
StarringJoaquin Phoenix
Jeremy Suarez
Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Jason Raize
D.B. Sweeney
Narrated byHarold Gould
Music byPhil Collins
Mark Mancina
Edited byTim Mertens
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
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Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$46 million[1]
Box office$250.4 million[1]

Brother Bear is a 2003 traditionally-animated movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 1, 2003. It is about a human named Kenai who turns into a bear and discovers brotherhood. The 43rd animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, it was originally titled Bears, and was the third and final Disney animated movie produced mainly by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, that studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this movie in favor of computer animated features.[2] The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, but lost against Finding Nemo. A sequel, Brother Bear 2, was released on August 29, 2006.


Long ago, as the Earth was emerging from the Ice Age, there were three brothers. After a bear takes the life of Sitka, the oldest brother, the impulsive youngest brother Kenai kills the bear in revenge, only to be changed into a bear himself by the Great Spirits. Denahi, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed Kenai, vows revenge. Now, with brother hunting brother, Kenai's only hope to change back is to find the place where the lights touch the Earth. Along the way he meets a grizzly cub named Koda, who is also going there. So the adventure ensues and in the end, Kenai (with the help of Koda) discovers the true meaning of brotherhood.


The reaction from movie reviewers was mixed to negative with many panning the movie as coping older Disney movies like The Lion King and the 20th Century Fox movie Ice Age (although Brother Bear began production before Ice Age did), while others defended the movie as a different and resonable variation of the theme. The popular American movie critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have given positive reviews of the movie. however so far, Brother Bear holds a rating of 38% in Rotten Tomatoes, which says that "Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting".[3]

Voice cast


Crew Position
Directed by Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Produced by Chuck Williams
Written by Tab Murphy
Lorne Cameron
David Hoselton
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
Songs by Phil Collins
Original Score by Mark Mancina
Phil Collins
Associate Producer Igor Khait
Art Director Robh Ruppel
Film Editor Tim Mertens
Artistic Supervisors Steve Anderson (Story supervisor)
Jeff Dickson (Layout supervisor)
Barry R. Kooser (Background supervisor)
Phillip S. Boyd & Chrisine Lawrence-Finney (Clean-up supervisor)
Garrett Wren (Effects supervisor)
Supervising Animators Byron Howard (Kenai-Bear)
Alex Kuperschmidt (Koda)
Ruben A. Aquino (Denahi)
James Young Jackson (Kenai-Human)
Tony Stanley (Rutt)
Broose Johnson (Tuke)
Anthony Wayne Michaels (Sitka)
Tom Gately (Tanana)
Rune Brandt Bennicke (Tug & Koda's Mom)
Background Stylist
Character Design
Artistic Coordinator
Production Manager
Xiangyuan Jie
Rune Brandt Bennicke
Kirk Bodyfelt
Bruce Anderson


Song Performed by Available on the soundtrack disc? Heard in the film?
Great Spirits Tina Turner Yes Yes
Transformation Phil Collins Yes No
Transformation Bulgarian Women's Choir Yes Yes
On My Way Phil Collins Yes Yes (except Koda sings the first few lyrics and the last lyric)
On My Way (this version contains Koda singing the first few lyrics and the last lyric) Jeremy Suarez
Phil Collins
No Yes
Welcome Phil Collins Yes No
Welcome Phil Collins
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Yes Yes
No Way Out (theme from Brother Bear) Phil Collins Yes Yes
Look Through My Eyes Phil Collins Yes Yes (also on bonus material)

Score by Mark Mancina/Phil Collins

Deleted songs

  • "The Fishing Song" - This was intended for the salmon run sequence, but was replaced by "Welcome".
  • "This Can't Be My Destiny" This was song by Phil Collins. But unfortunately it never made it to the movie. The song was however mention in the special feature by Phil Collins. This song was never released.

Release Dates

Country Premiere
23x15px Canada November 1, 2003
23x15px United States November 1, 2003
23x15px Argentina December 4, 2003
23x15px United Kingdom December 5, 2003
23x15px Ireland December 5, 2003
23x15px Paraguay December 5, 2003
23x15px Uruguay December 5, 2003
23x15px Brazil December 12, 2003
23x15px Chile December 12, 2003
23x15px Mexico December 17, 2003
23x15px Panama December 19, 2003
23x15px Bolivia December 25, 2003
23x15px New Zealand December 25, 2003
23x15px Peru December 25, 2003
23x15px Australia December 26, 2003
23x15px Colombia December 28, 2003
23x15px Thailand December 31, 2003
23x15px Taiwan January 16, 2004
23x15px South Korea January 17, 2004
23x15px Hong Kong January 22, 2004
23x15px Poland January 23, 2004
23x15px France January 28, 2004
23x15px Bahrain February 1, 2004
23x15px Hungary February 5, 2004
23x15px Denmark February 6, 2004
23x15px Iceland February 6, 2004
23x15px Norway February 6, 2004
23x15px Sweden February 6, 2004
23x15px Belgium February 11, 2004
23x15px Netherlands February 12, 2004
23x15px Finland February 13, 2004
23x15px Greece February 13, 2004
23x15px Czech Republic February 19, 2004
23x15px Romania February 27, 2004
23x15px Israel March 4, 2004
23x15px Italy March 5, 2004
23x15px Turkey March 5, 2004
23x16px  Switzerland March 12, 2004 (Italian speaking region)
23x15px Japan March 13, 2004
23x15px Austria March 18, 2004
23x15px Germany March 18, 2004
23x15px Estonia March 19, 2004
23x15px South Africa March 19, 2004
23x16px  Switzerland March 24, 2004 (French speaking region)
23x16px  Switzerland March 25, 2004 (German speaking region)
23x15px Portugal March 25, 2004
23x15px Spain March 26, 2004
23x15px Egypt April 7, 2004
23x15px Croatia April 8, 2004
23x15px Lebanon April 8, 2004
23x15px Kuwait May 12, 2004
23x15px Bulgaria January 16, 2010


Brother Bear 2 was released August 29, 2006.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Brother Bear". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  2. Brother Bear (2003) - News
  3. Animated News » Brother Bear Two Thumbs Up!

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