Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Brother Bear

Walt Disney Animation Studios 44th feature film.
Walt Disney Animation Studios 44th feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion of this film is that it is not horrible. The beginning and end are decent, but the film is VERY slow and boring in the middle. It also suffers from unengaging and some unlikable characters, great animation, and weird music for a soundtrack.

Production

I could not find much info on the production of the film. What I do know is that they went to Wyoming to study western landscape, and to fortresses for inspiration as well…….but yet the film takes place in northern Camada. They also observed live fish and cubs.

Apparently, Denahi was supposed to be Kenai’s father, but that changed, and Kenai was supposed to have a bear named Grizz, but he was scrapped. The film was titled Bears in 2002 before it was changed to Brother Bear.

This is also the final traditionally animated film to be animated before the 2D area shut down in the studio (Home on the Range finished production before Brother Bear, and the latter was supposed to be released in April of 2004, but they swapped dates, pushing Brother Bear to November 2003).

Story

So the film starts with an elderly Denahi (Jason Raize) telling his tribe the story of him and his brothers Stika (D. B. Sweeney) and Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix) when they were 3 young men (or teens), and he establishes that the youngest Kenai wanted to so bad be a man. We immediately get some insight on their world, their culture, and how they believe, which they did not do so well in Pocahontas.

So we first see Kenai being chased by a bunch of Moose (who he probably harassed), and which causes him to argue with his youngest younger brother Denahi, with Stika being the middle man. We then learn that today is Kenai`s  ceremony of becoming a man, where he will be given a totem which will represent what will make him a man. Before they do that, they have to go fishing, and we get a song sung by Tina Turner (though I do not know what she has anything to do with this) called Great Spirits. It shows the three brothers having fun as they catch fish, and their interactions are very genuine but also too 2003, if you know what I mean.

So this dumbass screws up catching fish the entire time, and makes it harder for his brothers to do so. When they finally get fish, Denahi tells him to tie the basket on a high part of a tree so the bear won`t get it. So the basket full of fish falls, and fish is all over the place. What does Kenai do AFTER he sees the fallen basket? HE LEAVES IT and runs off with everyone else in his village. I am going to get into why I cannot invest into or like Kenai as the review goes on. This is one of the reasons why, fyi.
So this dumbass screws up catching fish the entire time, and makes it harder for his brothers to do so. When they finally get fish, Denahi tells him to tie the basket on a high part of a tree so the bear won`t get it. So the basket full of fish falls, and fish is all over the place. What does Kenai do AFTER he sees the fallen basket? HE LEAVES IT and runs off with everyone else in his village. I am going to get into why I cannot invest into or like Kenai as the review goes on. This is one of the reasons why, fyi.

So when he gets to his totem ceremony, he gets the totem of a bear from the shaman Tanana (Josn Copeland), as he represents Love, which he does not like. Denahi teases him about it, and Kenai gets overly angry at this, and he almost fights with Denahi, before Stika separates it. Apparently bears have no feelings, emotions, don`t know what love is, and love has nothing to do with being a man; according to Kenai. Denahi is told to check the fish, which they come to realize that Kenai left the basket on the floor, and the fish is gone. So after the brothers continue to exchange in modern 2003 slang and talk, Kenai goes to get more fish.

So instead of taking responsibility for the screw up that he KNOWS about, he goes and throws a rock at the bear, which causes it to lash out at him. Because it is the bear`s fault that you willingly left the basket on the floor and screw up. SO is brothers save him, and this ends up in a fight.

The bear is about to go after Denahi and Kenai, so Sticks breaks the ice they are in, causing the bear and him to fall int eh water, but the bear is the only one to escape. They soon realized that Stika drowned to his death. Since everything is the bear`s fault, Kenai swears revenge on the bear HE provoked.
The bear is about to go after Denahi and Kenai, so Stika breaks the ice they are in, causing the bear and him to fall in the water, but the bear is the only one to escape. They soon realized that Stika drowned to his death. Since everything is the bear`s fault, Kenai swears revenge on the bear HE provoked.

So after they have a funeral for him, Kenai tells his brother that they are going after the bear to kill it, but Denahi refuses, as he feels like Kenai is to blame for Sitka`s death and not the beat. Kenai still thinks the entire thing is the bear`s fault. I think Stika`s death is the fault of Stika (he cracked the ice, knowing he would die) and Kenai (he LEFT the basket knowingly, blamed the bear for him getting caught, provoked the bear, and causing his brothers to follow him to clean up his mess). Kenai goes after it, and kills the bear couldn`t Kenai be the one that got killed, or at least beat the fuck out of?

Now the spirits and most of the viewing audience is mad and annoyed with Kenai, so he is suddenly turns into a bear by the spirits, so he can learn his lesson. Denahi climbs up the cliff to see the bear (Kenai; the bear looks NOTHING like Kenai) before it falls into the river.

To NOW have an antagonist, Denahi goes abck on his words of wisdon (that is his totem) he gave to Kenai about how killing a bear will do nothing but make things worse, guess what he does? THE EXACT SAME THING. Wanna know why? Because apparently Kenai`s words about killing makes you be a man is correct. Didn`t Denahi acknowledge for the first 20-30 minutes that Kenai had NO SENSE? Apparently he now sees it as the bear`s fault for everything, though again, KENAI knowingly left the basket, KNOWINGLY harassed the bear, causing him and Stika to chase after it, and after KENAI willingly chose to kill the bear, though Denahi thinks that the best killed it.
To NOW have an antagonist, Denahi goes back on his words of wisdom (that is his totem) he gave to Kenai about how killing a bear will do nothing but make things worse, guess what he does? THE EXACT SAME THING. Wanna know why? Because apparently Kenai`s words about killing makes you be a man is correct. Didn`t Denahi acknowledge for the first 20-30 minutes that Kenai had NO SENSE? Apparently he now sees it as the bear`s fault for everything, though again, KENAI knowingly left the basket, KNOWINGLY harassed the bear, causing him and Stika to chase after it, and after KENAI willingly chose to kill the bear, though Denahi thinks that the best killed it.

So Kenai the bear runs into Tanana who tells him that in order to be a man and to become human again, and she tells him that the spirit of Sitka (I have been calling him Stika the entire time; shows how forgettable this movie can be at times) did this to him, and that he needs to go to the Northern Lights on a mountain to make a plea bargain with him for the crime he did, but Kenai refuses to see that he did nothing wrong.

He struggles with being a bear, and bumps into the brother mooses our failed, stereotypically Canadian comic relief Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas), and soon bumps into a cub named Koda (Jeremy Suarez), after he is stuck in a rope. He gets out, only to find a vengeful Denahi ready to kill him, though he thinks Denahi is there to kill him. He runs into a crack of ice, where Koda follows him. Koda and Kenai somehow make a deal to go to the Northern Lights with one another, so Kenai can become a human again, and so Koda (who is so fucking annoying, almost as annoying as Kenai`s voice) can reunite with his missing mother.

We get a song sung by Phil Collins (who again did a lot of the soundtrack) called I`m On My Way, and it is a decent song, here we supposedly see Kenai and Koda grow closer, as they cover a lot of distance to get to the Northern Lights. The moose follow them. Kenai talks about Sitka to Koda to give us some failed character redemption  and Koda thanks Sitka for letting him and Kenai meet. These two then annoy me with a bunch of useless talking, and their annoying personalities and voices. as they eventually leave the moose.

So they look at a writing on the wall and Koda explains that the man pointing an arrow at a bear is how he lost his mother, which causes the audience and Kenai to realize that Kenai killed Koda's mother.
So they look at a writing on the wall and Koda explains that the man pointing an arrow at a bear is how he lost his mother, which causes the audience and Kenai to realize that Kenai killed Koda’s mother.

So we are forced to engage in another scene of Denahi chasing Koda and Kenai, and as they walk across a log to get across the river, Denahi tries to make them fall to their death, but fails. How predictable. Koda is finally reunited with the other bears (as he argues with Kenai about bears being heinous and who will attack at anytime, but Koda tells him that the human attacked them). They make it to a group of welcoming bears that Koda knows, and Kenai tells Koda that he is leaving for good, but the other bears force Kenai to stay, as how everyone is welcome. We get another montage song called “Welcome” where Kenai and Koda have fun and belongs with the other bears. It is a pretty good song, but it is not like Kenai was unhappy, and did not belong with his tribe, so I don’t see the really big difference as to why he would be more happy with the bears than his tribe.

So the bears exchange the stories of what happened in the past year, and when it is Koda’s turn, he tells them about the experience of his mother battling the 3 humans (which only CONFIRMS that it is the scene where Sitka dies). Kenai NOW feels bad and runs off. Koda of course follows him, and Kenai finally tells Koda the truth, just as Phil Collins sings a song titled No Way Out, and we can still hear Kenai tell Koda that he killed his mother, without actually saying he killed his mother. Koda runs off to cry, and he wants to make the little boy feel better.

So a final showdown between Kenai and Denahi takes place, and because he so suddenly forgot about his mother and the murderer means SO much to him, Koda saves him, and just as the fight is about to get epic on the Northern Lights, the lights go off, and Kenai is restored to a human.
So a final showdown between Kenai and Denahi takes place, and because he so suddenly forgot about his mother and the murderer means SO much to him, Koda saves him, and just as the fight is about to get epic on the Northern Lights, the lights go off, and Kenai is restored to a human.

So Denahi becomes a human, and the first thing he does is to go to Koda. He chooses to become a bear instead of living his life as a human with his ACTUAL brother #SlapInTheFace. Denahi and Koda are in the same predicament; both have no family, are relatively young, and would have to live with a tribe of non family members, but you CHOSE TO LIVE WITH A BEAR YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR A FEW DAYS OVER A BROTHER YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS? Apparently it makes him a man and everyone is happy about it because the plot requires it to, but would NEVER happen in reality. He gets  his paw on the wall on his tribe at the end of the film

This film is boring and confusing. A lto fo what happens does not really make much sense, the characters are hypocrites and unintentionally unlikable, and the plot is actually kind of thin. It is generic at best, and bad at worst. And the modern talk does NOT help, especially when it takes place in the first few centuries after common era. This film was not enjoyable.
This film is boring and confusing. A lot of what happens does not really make much sense, the characters are hypocrites and unintentionally unlikable, and the plot is actually kind of thin. It is generic at best, and bad at worst. And the modern talk does NOT help, especially when it takes place in the first few centuries after common era. This film was not enjoyable.

Characters

Let’s get this over in a nutshell. I already said how most of them are unlikable and one dimensional, so let’s just move on with this as quickly as possible, with 10 words for the characters each.

Stupid, annoying to hear, ungrateful, delusional, and an unpleasant protagonist.
Stupid, annoying to hear, ungrateful, delusional, and an unpleasant protagonist.
Overly annoying, brute, cocky, ridiculously loud, stereotypical one note child.
Overly annoying, brute, cocky, ridiculously loud, stereotypical one note child.
Alright and sensible at first, but became a HUGE hypocrite.
Alright and sensible at first, but became a HUGE hypocrite.
Reasonable, sensible middle man. Shame he died early and young.
Reasonable, sensible middle man. Shame he died early and young.
Useless, failed comic relief, eye rolling worthy, and complete filler.
Useless, failed comic relief, eye rolling worthy, and complete filler.
She was only in 3 scenes, but is very pleasant.
She was only in 3 scenes, but is very pleasant.

Animation

I have to say that the animation is pretty good. It is nothing special, but the traditional animation looks really good in this film, and the CGI is not as noticeable, and actually aged well. The colors are very vibrant and eye drawing. I like how the native characters do not have fully caucasian features with just the darker skin on the characters.

Music

I have a bit of an issue with the music. While there is a song that somewhat has the Inuit and native music in it, I also hear songs that are “typically canadian” or have nothing to do with the native feel of the movie. Some of the songs are also weirdly and wrongly placed in the movie. There is no overall theme in the soundtrack, and it is a problem.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 1st, 2003, it did better than many of its immediate predecessors in this era, but that still does not mean that Brother Bear was a big success in it’s box office. It made $85,336,277 domestically, and about $164,700,000 elsewhere, with a total amount of $250,383,219. It did decently on DVD.

When it came to reviews, it received mixed reviews. While some said that it had a more serious theme than its predecessors and had some heart, others criticized it for its thin and unengaging story and characters.

The film was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Picture, but lose to Finding Nemo. I have not mentioned this in the previous feature reviews, but around this time, Pixar was becoming the dominant studio for animation, as they had 5 critical and financial hits under their belt; Toy Story, A Bugs’ Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters. Inc, and Finding Nemo.

The soundtrack made it to 52 on the Billboard charts.

Reception Today

Well, it has been almost 11 years since it has been released, and today, not many people remember it. And the people that do remember it does not really have the nicest things to say about it. They either say it is mediocre at best, or horrible at worst. It is not THE worst film in the canon, but ti is definitely near the bottom. Disney NEVER talks about this film.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 6.5/10

= 24.5/40 = 61%

Next Time…

Review: October 20th, 2014
Review: October 20th, 2014
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22 thoughts on “Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Brother Bear

  1. Great review. I do get where your criticisms are coming from, but I don’t think the film is all that bad. Yes, the modern talk can be very distracting and the characters aren’t the best. But I think the film has potential that people don’t give it credit for.

    I mean, the idea of having a character be kind of a jerk or something like that, killing a bear, turning into a bear, meeting the cub of the bear he just killed, grow closer to the bear and realizing he killed the mother and feeling guilt over it I think is a good story. I think the problem is how it’s handled. The biggest issues I think is that it gives the “main character kills the mother bear realization” card too early and having a Phil Collins song playing over the confession scene. I mean, if you take a look at the deleted scene here:

    I think it’s so much better than what was put into the actual movie. There’s no song to get in the way, just a background musical score to help the scene play out. If they absolutely HAD to put a Phil Collins song in there, at least put it AFTER the confession scene.

    Also, I think most of the modern 2003 talk in there was mostly in the middle part of the movie. So, all in all, I think Nostalgia Critic (don’t know if you watch him or not) summed it up best in his Disneycember review of this movie: Beginning and ending good, middle, not so much.

    *sigh* Home on the Range and Chicken Little are next. I know you’ve already written the reviews for them, but better get them done and over with quickly.

    1. The modern talk is honestly the least of my issues with this film. I do see how this film has potential, but potential does not mean anything if it is carried through improperly, or in an unlikable way that the writers did not intend it to be.

      Kenai just crossed the line from being just a jerk. He is an insufferable, ungrateful, reckless POS, and I do find it ridiculous that this bear means so much more to him than his brother. He was unlikable from beginning to end to me. The film is pretty much acting like he never knew what love was like before he met the little bear.

      I watch Nostalgia Critic, and watched his review for this film, but I honestly found the ending to be just as ridiculous as the middle tbh. They should have put in the song after the confession scene, which was better than what made it in the final cut.

      1. I understand that good potential doesn’t mean the film will be good or anything if the execution of it is off. And yes, Kenai isn’t exactly the most likable character, neither will I watch this movie too many more times in the future, but I don’t HATE this movie. Just tolerate it’s there, or something like that. I guess I just have more patience with it than most others.

        Can’t exactly say the same for the next two films in the canon…..

      2. And about Kenai staying as a bear to look after Koda: my guess is that he felt bad about killing his mother and that he should stay as a bear in her place to make up for that fact? And that he thought Denahi would be alright with it “He did look better as a bear”? I don’t know, that’s just my guess.

        Good luck with the next two films. You’re gonna need it.

      1. Here is a list to show who bothers me more.

        Kenai>Koda>Moose>Denahi.

        I think the ending is just as ridiculous and blah as the middle to me.

  2. I actually like the songs…on their own. I mostly don’t like how they are used in the movie.

    I think the main problem is that the writer make the mistake to believe that just because the characters don’t realize something, the audience won’t either. It is so obvious that Kenai killed Koda’s mother that everything which happens up to the point that he realizes it, and everything which happens until Koda learns is, fells like really, really long filler.

  3. Some of the songs are fine to be very honest, but I don’t like road trip music, especially if the film takes place in the Inuit culture.

    I think that is the issue with a lot of films, with them thinking that we are as oblivious as the characters in the movie, so we would end up being surprised when a twist comes around. I know what you mean with it feeling like filler.

  4. You were a lot kinder to this film than I was. It drove me crazy because I felt like every choice they made was off. The animation of the bears was off-putting, voices, songs, dialogue, song placement, unlikable lead character, pacing, unbelievable ending. It was so frustrating for me because I saw the potential unlike something like Chicken Little that just sucks. This was so close to being good and they kept making the wrong choices. I mean Tina Turner for your Inuit Bear movie? All the strange choices made me mad.

    1. I guess I was a bit nicer, but I was still pretty harsh on this film. They definitely kept on making the wrong decisions for this movie, which sucks because it ripped away the small potential the film had. The voice acting was not good in this film, definitely. This film was jut really watered down, and ridiculous with what it is trying to get us to believe.

      1. Oh and I agree with you 100% on the character analysis. Kenai is so unlikable scowling throughout and the moose are so stupid. They don’t even tell full jokes. It’s like half a joke.

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