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The 2006 sequel to 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.


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


  • 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.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Downplayed. When Atka throws his spear, it just catches Kenai's shoulder and leaves a visible wound. This injury later leaves a trail of blood that Atka follows to find Kenai.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Kenai and Nita were close friends in their youth, and the bond they shared unknowingly stayed with them into adulthood. The film revolves around them rekindling their relationship as it blossoms into true love.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kenai's village and the characters in it, such as his brother Denahi and the shaman Tanana, are not seen or mentioned in this sequel, not even at Kenai and Nita's wedding in the epilogue.
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  • Continuity Nod: The first film indicates that Kenai's brother, Denahi, will pass on the tale to future generations after he becomes Tanana's apprentice. While Denahi himself is not present in the sequel, his story of Kenai's transformation into a bear has clearly spread beyond their village and is now common knowledge to neighbouring tribes, including Nita's.
  • Death Glare: Kenai gives an brief one to Atka after the latter's spear scratches his shoulder.
  • Disney Villain Death: Not to a villain, but to Kenai, who gets shoved off a cliff by Atka.
  • Disposable Fiancée: Atka has little to no dialogue, and isn't given a very distinct personality. His most prominent scene in the film is his fight with Kenai in the climax, but even this is only a misunderstanding where Atka is completely unaware that the bear he's fighting is Kenai. Nita doesn't even have any scenes with him, and her marriage is mainly a plot device to get Nita out looking for 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.
  • 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 and Nita first fell for each other as children, but they rekindle their bond as adults when Kenai is a bear and Nita is still human. At the end of the movie, Nita also becomes a bear so she can be with Kenai.
  • 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 succeeds Phil Collins as the film's songwriter.
  • 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.