YMMV / Brother Bear

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Well gee, eh, you're one big beaver." It doubles as Fridge Brilliance if you remember that there was a giant species of beaver that existed during the time the movies take place.
  • Awesome Music: Phil Collins was part of the soundtrack. Hell, he even has some of his own versions where he's singing them.
    • "Great Spirits" is a good start. The version in the movie was sung by Tina Turner, while the Phil Collins version was a bonus track.
    • "Transformation" definitely counts.
    • "Welcome" also qualifies.
    • "Awakes as a Bear". The part from 4:19 seconds playing when Kenai and Koda explore the cave paintings, is breathtaking.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Koda. You'll either find him cute or annoying. Though funnily Kenai himself calls out Koda in-universe for being the "biggest pain in the neck ever", but it's "what you'd expect from a little brother" anyway.
    • Rutt and Tuke. Annoying wastes of time or Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Broken Base:
    • The movie is either an overlooked gem from the end of Disney's silver age or a mediocre leftover from an era they were trying to get out of.
    • Once again, the Phil Collins songs. You either like them or think they really don't fit.
  • Dork Age: While by no means one of the worst-received efforts at the time, this film's below-average performance and somewhat derivative nature meant it would not be the movie to lift Disney out of its critical and financial rut in the final years of the Eisner era.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Denahi spends most of the movie in a rage trying to avenge Kenai's "death". Jason Raize committed suicide about three months after the film's release.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Alternate DVD Commentary, during the scene when Kenai's paw print is put on the wall, Rutt says it's to identify him if they make a sequel. There was a sequel, and Kenai ended up as The Other Darrin.
  • I Knew It!:
    • For the first movie, there were probably a few people who suspected that the bear Kenai killed was Koda's mother before The Reveal.
    • For the second, many probably felt that Nita becoming a bear was the obvious ending.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Was heavily accused at the time of borrowing elements from more popular Disney films, including but not limited to The Lion King.
  • Memetic Mutation: "This year, I lost my dear [insert relation here], [insert name here]!" "QUIT TELLING EVERYONE I'M DEAD!" "Sometimes I can still hear his/her voice!"
  • Narm: The confrontation between Kenai and Koda where the former finally tells the latter that he was the one who killed his mother...is drowned out by a bafflingly placed Phil Collins song. Whether you enjoy Collins' contribution to the movie or not, this was still such an odd decision that ruined one of the most important moments in the movie.
    • This is averted in the deleted scene where Kenai tells Koda of what happened to Koda's mother. The Phil Collins song is taken out, leaving the full conversation intact.
    • The fact that Koda forgiving Kenai is prompted by the comic relief moose stumbling into the scene, bickering, and then making up over something completely trivial — as though their idiotic little "crashed a mammoth" spat is anywhere on par with matricide.
  • Signature Scene: The Transformation.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus is, while definitely not horrible by kid's film standards, the film's potential was mostly hampered by lackluster storytelling with a predictable plot, a sometimes overly kiddy, anachronistic tone that distracts from the setting, and generic writing.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The film offers top notch animation all throughout as you would expect from Disney.....But the transformation scene and the spirits dancing across the sky a la the Northern Lights are simply awe-inspiring.

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