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Brother Bear
Brother Bear Poster.png
Promotional poster
Directed by Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Produced by Chuck Williams
Written by Tab Murphy
Lorne Cameron
David Hoselton
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
Narrated by Harold Gould
Starring Joaquin Phoenix
Jeremy Suarez
Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Jason Raize
D.B. Sweeney
Music by Phil Collins
Mark Mancina
Editing by Tim Mertens
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) November 1, 2003 (2003-11-01)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $128 million
Money made $250.4 million

Brother Bear is a 2003 traditionally-animated movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 1, 2003. It is about a human named Kenai who turns into a bear and discovers brotherhood. The 43rd animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, it was originally titled Bears, and was the third and final Disney animated movie produced mainly by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, that studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this movie in favor of computer animated features. The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, but lost against Finding Nemo. A sequel, Brother Bear 2, was released on August 29, 2006.

Release Dates

Country Premiere
 Canada November 1, 2003
 United States November 1, 2003
 Argentina December 4, 2003
 United Kingdom December 5, 2003
 Ireland December 5, 2003
 Paraguay December 5, 2003
 Uruguay December 5, 2003
 Brazil December 12, 2003
 Chile December 12, 2003
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico December 17, 2003
 Panama December 19, 2003
 Bolivia December 25, 2003
 New Zealand December 25, 2003
 Peru December 25, 2003
 Australia December 26, 2003
 Colombia December 28, 2003
 Thailand December 31, 2003
 Taiwan January 16, 2004
 South Korea January 17, 2004
 Hong Kong January 22, 2004
 Poland January 23, 2004
 France January 28, 2004
 Bahrain February 1, 2004
 Hungary February 5, 2004
 Denmark February 6, 2004
 Iceland February 6, 2004
 Norway February 6, 2004
 Sweden February 6, 2004
 Belgium February 11, 2004
 Netherlands February 12, 2004
 Finland February 13, 2004
 Greece February 13, 2004
 Czech Republic February 19, 2004
 Romania February 27, 2004
 Israel March 4, 2004
 Italy March 5, 2004
 Turkey March 5, 2004
 Switzerland March 12, 2004 (Italian speaking region)
 Japan March 13, 2004
 Austria March 18, 2004
 Germany March 18, 2004
 Estonia March 19, 2004
 South Africa March 19, 2004
 Switzerland March 24, 2004 (French speaking region)
 Switzerland March 25, 2004 (German speaking region)
 Portugal March 25, 2004
 Spain March 26, 2004
 Egypt April 7, 2004
 Croatia April 8, 2004
 Lebanon April 8, 2004
 Kuwait May 12, 2004
 Bulgaria January 16, 2010


Long ago, as the Earth was emerging from the Ice Age, there were three brothers. After a bear takes the life of Sitka, the oldest brother, the impulsive youngest brother Kenai kills the bear in revenge, only to be changed into a bear himself by the Great Spirits. Denahi, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed Kenai, vows revenge. Now, with brother hunting brother, Kenai's only hope to change back is to find the place where the lights touch the Earth. Along the way he meets a grizzly cub named Koda, who is also going there. So the adventure ensues and in the end, Kenai (with the help of Koda) discovers the true meaning of brotherhood.

Voice cast

  • Joaquin Phoenix as Kenai, the youngest of three brothers who gets turned into a bear, to teach him to see through their eyes
  • Jeremy Suarez as Koda, a wisecracking grizzly bear cub, who helps Kenai on his journey to where the Lights Touch the Earth
  • Rick Moranis as Rutt, a comic Canadian moose
  • Dave Thomas as Tuke, another comic Canadian moose
  • Jason Raize as Denahi, the middle brother
  • D.B. Sweeney as Sitka, the oldest brother
  • Joan Copeland as Tanana, the shaman-woman of Kenai's tribe
  • Michael Clarke Duncan as Tug, a wise old cave bear
  • Frank Welker as Animals' vocal effects (uncredited)


Crew Position
Directed by Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Produced by Chuck Williams
Written by Tab Murphy
Lorne Cameron
David Hoselton
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
Songs by Phil Collins
Original Score by Mark Mancina
Phil Collins
Associate Producer Igor Khait
Art Director Robh Ruppel
Film Editor Tim Mertens
Artistic Supervisors Steve Anderson (Story supervisor)
Jeff Dickson (Layout supervisor)
Barry R. Kooser (Background supervisor)
Phillip S. Boyd & Chrisine Lawrence-Finney (Clean-up supervisor)
Garrett Wren (Effects supervisor)
Supervising Animators Byron Howard (Kenai-Bear)
Alex Kuperschmidt (Koda)
Ruben A. Aquino (Denahi)
James Young Jackson (Kenai-Human)
Tony Stanley (Rutt)
Broose Johnson (Tuke)
Anthony Wayne Michaels (Sitka)
Tom Gately (Tanana)
Rune Brandt Bennicke (Tug & Koda's Mom)
Background Stylist
Character Design
Artistic Coordinator
Production Manager
Xiangyuan Jie
Rune Brandt Bennicke
Kirk Bodyfelt
Bruce Anderson


Song Performed by Available on the soundtrack disc? Heard in the film?
Great Spirits Tina Turner Yes Yes
Transformation Phil Collins Yes No
Transformation Bulgarian Women's Choir Yes Yes
On My Way Phil Collins Yes Yes (except Koda sings the first few lyrics and the last lyric)
On My Way (this version contains Koda singing the first few lyrics and the last lyric) Jeremy Suarez
Phil Collins
No Yes
Welcome Phil Collins Yes No
Welcome Phil Collins
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Yes Yes
No Way Out (theme from Brother Bear) Phil Collins Yes Yes
Look Through My Eyes Phil Collins Yes Yes (also on bonus material)

Score by Mark Mancina/Phil Collins

Deleted songs

  • "The Fishing Song" - This was intended for the salmon run sequence, but was replaced by "Welcome".
  • "This Can't Be My Destiny" This was song by Phil Collins. But unfortunately it never made it to the movie. The song was however mention in the special feature by Phil Collins. This song was never released.


Brother Bear 2 was released August 29, 2006.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Brother Bear para niños

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