Brother Bear

Last Updated on: May 19th, 2024

Brother Bear (2003 Movie)

“Brother Bear” is a 2003 animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The movie tells the heartwarming and adventurous story of a young Native American man named Kenai, who transforms into a bear and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and understanding.

The film is set in the Pacific Northwest and follows Kenai, a young Inuit hunter who is about to receive his totem, a symbol that represents the animal spirit that will guide him through life. However, when a bear kills his older brother Sitka, Kenai becomes filled with anger and revenge. In his quest for vengeance, he tracks down and kills the bear, only to be transformed into one himself by the spirits of the mountains as punishment for his actions.

As a bear, Kenai must navigate the wilderness and face the challenges of being in a different form. Along the way, he meets a young bear cub named Koda, who becomes his guide and companion. Through their journey together, Kenai learns about the true meaning of brotherhood and discovers the interconnectedness of all living creatures.

“Brother Bear” explores themes of brotherhood, forgiveness, and the importance of understanding and respecting nature and all its inhabitants. The film is known for its beautiful animation, touching story, and memorable characters. It features an impressive voice cast, including Joaquin Phoenix as Kenai, Jeremy Suarez as Koda, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, and Jason Raize.

The movie received critical acclaim for its emotional storytelling and stunning visuals. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. “Brother Bear” remains a beloved Disney classic, cherished by audiences of all ages for its touching tale of transformation, friendship, and the value of empathy and compassion.

Fun Facts

  • “Brother Bear” is a 2003 Disney animated film set in a prehistoric North American wilderness. It tells the story of Kenai, a young Inuit hunter who is transformed into a bear and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.
  • The film features the voice talents of Joaquin Phoenix as Kenai, Jeremy Suarez as Koda the bear cub, and Rick Moranis as Rutt the moose, among others. The cast brought the characters to life with their performances, and their interactions added humor and heart to the story.
  • “Brother Bear” is known for its beautiful animation, particularly the stunning natural landscapes and the portrayal of the Northern Lights. The film’s soundtrack, which includes songs like “On My Way” and “Transformation,” also contributed to its emotional depth and storytelling.

Additional Details

  • Movie Studio:
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $250.4 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award
  • IMDB Link


  • Joaquin Phoenix: Kenai
  • Jeremy Suarez: Koda
  • Rick Moranis: Rutt
  • Dave Thomas: Tuke
  • Jason Raize: Denahi
  • D.B. Sweeney: Sitka
  • Joan Copeland: Tanana
  • Michael Clarke Duncan: Tug
  • Greg Proops: Male Lover Bear
  • Pauley Perrette: Female Lover Bear
  • Estelle Harris: Old Lady Bear
  • Bumper Robinson: Chipmunks
  • Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley: Inuit Narrator


  • Directors: Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker
  • Producer: Chuck Williams
  • Music: Phil Collins and Mark Mancina

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