Brother Bear

Synopsis: Kenai, a man who resents bears after a fight with one kills his older brother, is turned into a bear so he can see life from a different perspective. He is visited by the spirit of his older brother, and is told that, if he wishes to be changed back into a human, he must travel to the place where the lights touch the Earth, in other words, the Northern Lights. Fueled by hope, Kenai sets off on his long journey, and, along the way, encounters a younger bear, Koda, who is a chatterbox and a fun-loving spirit; Koda is trying to find his way back to his home, the Salmon Run, which, coincidentally, is right next to where the lights touch the Earth. Koda and Kenai team up, but are hunted by Kenai's other brother, Denahi, who fears that the bear has killed Kenai as well. Along the way, the two bears meet other friends, including two moose, some rams, and some mammoths, with whom they hitch a ride. However, Kenai discovers that he likes being a bear, and realizes that humans aren't only afraid
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

have revealed to me your totem.

To become a man, your actions

must be guided by one thing.

Your totem is...


- What?

- Yes, love.

The bear of love?

A love that connects

and unites all living things.

- Who wants to trade?

- There is no trading.

Oh, Kenai,

love is the most precious of totems.

It reveals itself in unexpected ways.

Let love guide your actions,

then one day you'll be a man,

and we'll place your mark

next to those of our ancestors.


There he is.

Come here, lover boy.

- Leave me alone.

- Kenai, wait.

- I'm sorry.

- What?

Your totem, I think it's really great.

- You do?

- Yeah. And I made you something.


Now when you skip around

loving everybody,

you'll smell so sweet.

Well, isn't this nice?

Instead of fighting,

you're giving each other flowers.

Yeah, isn't it lovely?

He's so in touch with his totem already.

Hey, dog breath,

go take care of the fish.

Sure. Kenai loves me, he loves me not.

Kenai loves me, he loves me not.

Kenai loves me, he loves...

- Kenai.

- Someday I'm gonna just...

- He's just such a...

- Hey, bonehead.

Just because his totem is wisdom

doesn't mean he's wise.

- I mean, look at him.

- Kenai loves me, he loves me not.

Hi, Denahi.

- Oh, hi.

Let go!

Yeah, the spirits messed up

on both of our totems.

I felt the same way

when Tanana gave me mine.

- Get out of here.

- No, really.

I said, "The eagle of guidance?

What does that mean?"

But now that I'm older,

I know it's about being a leader

and keeping an eye on you two.

I just want to get my handprint

on that wall.

Just be patient, Kenai.

When you live by your totem, you will.

- Really?

- Guarantee it.

But come on, the bear of love?

I mean, a bear doesn't love anyone.

They don't think. They don't feel.

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Tab Murphy

Tab Murphy is an American screenwriter who works in movies and television, notable for writing Disney movies, like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and for directed Last of the Dogmen. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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