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.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Metacritic:
48
Rotten Tomatoes:
38%
G
Year:
2003
85 min
$85,095,337
Website
2,843 Views


This is a story from long ago,

when the great mammoths

still roamed our lands.

It's the story

of my two brothers and me.

When the three of us were young,

we were taught

that the world is full of magic.

The source of this magic

is the ever-changing lights

that dance across the sky.

The shaman woman of our village

told us that these lights

are the spirits of our ancestors,

and that they have the power

to make changes in our world.

Small things become big.

Winter turns to spring.

One thing always changes

into another.

But the greatest change I ever saw

was that of my brother,

a boy who desperately

wanted to be a man.

- Get down.

- What?

Get down! Get down!

Kenai.

Never try to milk a caribou.

No. No, don't. No. Come on, don't. No.

Hey. Will you two knock it off?

That's all right.

After today, he won't treat me like that.

Oh, right, the big manhood ceremony.

Doesn't matter what the spirits say,

you'll always be our baby brother.

- Well, wait till I get my totem.

- Baby brother.

Hey, I said knock it off.

The quicker we get these fish,

the faster we get to your ceremony.

Let's all just try and get along

for a few hours. Okay, Denahi?

- Whatever you say.

- Okay, Ken...

So, what are we waiting for?

- Whoo!

- Whoo!

When the Earth was young

and the air was sweet

And the mountains kissed the sky

In the great beyond

With its many paths

Man and nature lived side by side

In this wilderness of danger and beauty

Lived three brothers bonded by love

Their hearts full of joy

They ask now for guidance

Reaching out to the skies up above

Great spirits of all who lived before

Take our hands and lead us

Fill our hearts and souls

with all you know

Show us that in your eyes

We are all the same

Brothers to each other

in this world we remain

Truly brothers all the same

Give us wisdom to pass to each other

And give us strength so we understand

That the things we do

The choices we make

Give direction to all life's plans

To look and wonder

at all we've been given

In a world that's not always as it seems

Every corner we turn

Only leads to another

A journey ends but another begins

Great spirits of all who lived before

Take our hands and lead us

Fill our hearts and souls

with all you know

Show us that in your eyes

We are all the same

Brothers to each other

in this world we remain

Truly brothers all the same

- Kenai's back.

- Kenai.

Kenai, are you excited

about getting your spirit rock today?

It's not a rock. It'll be my totem.

Ooh!

I'll probably get a sabre-tooth tiger

for bravery,

or strength, or greatness.

- Something that fits me.

- A mammoth for your fat head?

- Make sure you get that basket tied up.

- Don't worry.

No stupid bear

is gonna get near this fish.

Just tie it up.

Just tie it up.

She's back. Tanana's back.

- Come on.

- Come on, Kenai, let's go.

- Come on.

Tanana's got your rock.

Come on.

Great spirits of all who lived before

Take our hands and lead us

Fill our hearts and souls

with all you know

Show us that in your eyes

We are all the same

Brothers to each other

in this world we remain

Truly brothers all the same

Brothers all the same

Nana.

- Hey, Nana.

- Well, hello there, sweetheart.

What a big girl.

When each of us comes of age,

the great spirits reveal to us a totem

that helps guide us through our lives.

Some of us use courage to guide us.

Others patience.

And some of us beauty.

Kenai.

- You nervous?

- Excited.

You should be.

It's a good one.

Kenai, I have been to the mountain

where the lights touch the earth,

and the great spirits

have revealed to me your totem.

To become a man, your actions

must be guided by one thing.

Your totem is...

Love.

- 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.

Oh.

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.

Really?

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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