My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that……… Hhmmmph, I do not know if it is better than the first film, and if anyone knows my thoughts on Brother Bear, well………. it is not good. I actually watched this film a bit when I was younger, and watching it almost a decade later has changed my opinion a lot.
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The film starts with Kenai (Patrick Dempsey) and Koda (Jeremy Suarez) having fun with one another in their own world. It is automatically established that love with girls is going to be the main theme of the movie. Kenai has a dream about his childhood friend Nita (Mandy Moore), who he had to save from drowning in the river. He gives her some sort of amulet to remember him by, and they promise to be friends forever. We never really know what happened to their friendship since that moment, whether they remained in touch, or whether that was the last time they saw one another.
She meets Koda and Kenai, to which the latter refuses to help out. Nita manages to trick him by saying that the spirits might turn him back into a human if he does not help her. The moose Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) get involved in their own love story, which is an obvious contrast to Nita and Kenai’s eventual relationship.
Koda and Nita officially bond over ripping Kenai a new one, which causes them to end up in a predicament, where Kenai is stuck in a beaver dam, and the amulet is in the water. They are about to retrieve it, but a raccoon snatches it, and this ends up turning into a long chase, which causes Nita and Kenai to bond like they did when they were children.
Nita revealed earlier that she has been afraid of water ever since she drowned, which is why she did not get the amulet. They grow even closer, and all of a sudden, they fall in love. There is the subplot of the two moose having two female moose fall in love with each of them, and the brothers get jealous of one another. WHO CARES.
The trio end up burning the amulet where Kenai and Nita used to hang out as children. The animal communication spell wears off, which causes her to return back to her tribe. Days later, Kenai is sad, and Nita is as well, despite it being her wedding day. Koda decides to go to her village, so her and Kenai can get together. This foes not go well, since the tribe is afraid of bears, and wants to hunt Koda and Kenai (who chases after him, thanks to the moose). HOLD UP. ISN’T THIS KENAI’S OLD TRIBE? NITA AND THE OLDER WOMAN KNEW THAT HE TURNED INTO A BEAR. They WOULD HAVE KNOWN who him and Koda are.
Since her fiance goes after the bears, she calls off their relationship, and wants to be turned into a bear which the spirits fulfill for her…….. Brilliant. The films with the two having a bear wedding, with humans and animals attending.
The characters range from neutral/numb-feeling, to annoying.
Something about the animation is just………. I don’t really know how to describe it. It seems like the foreground and background blend a bit too much……. like there is a lack of focus at times. The designs are fine enough, but it just seems like it is all in the same focus ground.
You can definitely tell that there is no Phil Collins working on the soundtrack. Most of the songs were very generic, and a lot of the scores were decent at best. I could have done without the songs to be honest, and there was a hint of pop in the music.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on August 29th, 2006, it received mixed reviews and reception.
Honestly, when it comes to Disney sequels, people do not really mention much about this film at all. It seems like this film is one of the mid-tier rankings in regarding the canon.
24/40 = 60%