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The 2006 sequel for Brother Bear, which continues the story of Kenai and Koda, and became the last Direct-to-Video Disney sequel to take place after its predecessor.note  Having woken up from hibernation and ready to go to Crowberry Ridge to eat berries, Kenai gets haunted by a memory of himself and a childhood friend named Nita. Said childhood friend is shown ready to get married to a chieftain's son from another tribe, but the spirits intervene, showing that she cannot marry him because of an amulet Kenai gave her, bonding them together. To get married, Nita reunites with Kenai (and Koda too), and they have to make their way to Hokani Falls.

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This was Rick Moranis's final movie role before retiring from acting.


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  • Anger Born of Worry: Kenai scolds Koda for running off to a dangerous mountain. Koda replies that he was just scared that Kenai would abandon him for Nita, calming Kenai down as he reassures him.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Very surprisingly averted near the end of the movie. Atka's spear clearly causes blood to spray from the wound on Kenai's shoulder. When he has to crawl between two rocks, it clearly smears on the rock above him.
  • Childhood Friend: Kenai and Nita.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Kenai and Nita again.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Denahi is nowhere to be seen in this movie. He's not even present at Kenai and Nita's wedding.
  • Death Glare: Kenai gives an intense one to the hunters who pierced his shoulder with their spears.
  • Disney Villain Death: Not to a villain, but to Kenai, who gets shoved off a cliff by Atka.
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  • Disposable Fiancée: Atka doesn't have any lines, let alone a personality. The only thing we really see about him is that he gets a little too into his fight with Kenai, and even that was a misunderstanding with him having no idea who he was really fighting. Nita doesn't even have any scenes with him, and her marriage to him feels like something of an excuse to get her on the road to finding Kenai.
  • From the Latin "Intro Ducere":
    Nita: You are the wisest shaman.
    Innoko: Sha-woman, okay? "Wise" and "man" don't even belong in the same sentence.
    • The gag about men being foolish may well be true in the context of the film, but the word "shaman" does not derive from the same kind of root as "postman" or "seaman", and the "-man" part of it is not a male suffix. You can have a male shaman and a female shaman, but it's just coincidence that it sounds like a male term, because it's actually gender-neutral.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • There is blood for a brief moment towards the end, from when Atka's spear hits Kenai's shoulder and when Nita cleans the blood away from his wound after the fight. Ironically, this Lighter and Softer sequel actually shows blood while its Darker and Edgier predecessor doesn't.
    • There's this exchange:
    Rutt: I told you that was no moosette!
    Tuke: Well, she looked like one from behind!
    Kenai: Uh, Nita, this is my brother, Koda. Koda, Nita. Nita, Koda.
    Koda: So you're Nita. Kenai was just dreaming about you.
    Kenai: I was not.
    Koda: Was too. You should hear him.
    Koda: (starts moaning) "Nita. Nita."
  • Held Gaze: Nita and Kenai run into each other, and after nearly trying to kill each other, gaze into each other's eyes for a long moment.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sure, Koda was going overboard with scaring Nita with the salmon, but he has no idea that Nita was scared of water and thinks she's scared of fish.
  • Interspecies Romance: Kenai, as a bear, falls for Nita, who is human. At the end of the movie, she becomes a bear so they can be together.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Koda asks his mother to turn Kenai back into a human so he could be with Nita. He even says that he'll be fine on his own.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Melissa Etheridge, following on from the first movie's celebrity musician.
  • Rascally Raccoon: A raccoon appears in the middle of the movie and steals Nita's amulet. Turns out he brought it to his hideout, where MANY raccoons live.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: The Great Spirits temporarily grant Nita the ability to speak to animals so she can understand Kenai when she finds him. It wears off right after the amulet is burned. When the spirits show up again near the end, their presence allows both Nita and her father to understand Kenai, Koda, and the moose, leading up to Nita's decision to become a bear so she can be with Kenai.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Koda keeps teasing Nita with the salmon and unintentionally scaring her, Kenai (at first finding this funny) sees her look uneasy and tries telling Koda to stop. But Koda doesn't listen, so Kenai ends up yelling at him, "Koda, STOP!"
  • Take a Third Option: Realizing that Kenai loves Nita, Koda tries asking his mother to have the spirits turn him back into a human so they can be together. When Kenai can't bring himself to leave Koda, Nita comes up with a third option: have the spirits turn her into a bear, so they can all be together.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: One has to wonder if it was the Great Spirits' intentions from the start for Kenai and Nita to fall in love (or perhaps fall back in love) during their journey as well as Nita's transformation at the end of the film. They did seem prepared for it. Spirits apparently don't just work in mysterious ways; they work in sneaky ways too.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Nita has a strong fear of the water ever since she almost drowned as a kid and Kenai saved her.
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