Disney’s finest animated 2D film, Brother Bear. A story based on brotherhood.
Brother Bear is the tale of a boy (Kenai) who can't wait to become a man. Traditionally the first step to become a man is after they receive their totem, but Kenai is disappointed with his totem, the 'Bear of love'. After the ceremony, Kenai and his brothers find out that the fish was taken by a bear due to Kenai's laziness. Unimpressed, Kenai goes and searches for the bear. But due to that ignorance it caused more pain to his brothers because they lost their eldest brother. So Kenai hunts the bear alone despite being warned by his brother Denahi. After succeeding in killing the bear that killed his brother, Kenai is punished for not following his totem and he is turned into a bear. Lucikly for Kenai, Tanana, the Shaman woman of the tribe, appears and informs him that it was the spirit of Sitka who was responsible for the transformation for Kenai. To change himself back he must go to the "Mountain where the light touches the Earth." Kenai has no idea where to begin his search. Kenai's fortune goes from bad to worse when he gets caught in a trap and finds himself dangling upside down from a tree. When a talkative bear cub named Koda comes along and offers assistance, Kenai's pride gets in the way and he stubbornly refuses the last thing; he wants is help from is a bear. Koda has been separated from his mother, and assumes she will be at the Annual Salmon Run and doesn't want to go it alone. Kenai finally agrees to take Koda to the Salmon Run if he helps him get down from the tree. Now he is set on a journey with the help of Koda to become a man spiritually and physically.
At first in 2002 Disney's release of Brother Bear was titled "Bears." Later Digital Media Effects also had announced the title of the film as "Bear". In addition Jim Hill of Ain't It Cool News announced in an article in IGN in 2001
Even thought the film is traditionally created it has CGI elements such as "a salmon run and a caribou stampede" Layoutut artist Armand Serrano, speaking about the drawing process on the film, said that "we had to do a life drawing session with live bear cubs and also outdoor drawing and painting sessions at Fort Wilderness in Florida three times a week for two months"
According to Ruben Aquino, supervising animator for the character of Denahi, Denahi was originally meant to be Kenai's father; later this was changed to Kenai's brother.
Byron Howard, supervising animator for Kenai in bear form, said that earlier in production a bear named Grizz (who resembles Tug in the film and is even voiced by the same person) was supposed to have the role of Kenai's mentor. Art Director Robh Ruppel stated that the ending of the film originally showed how Kenai and Denahi get together once a year to play when the northern lights are in the sky.
Wil Wheaton is listed by many sources, previously including the Internet Movie Database as providing "additional voices" for the film. Willie Wheaton, the credited voice actor, is a different person.