Basic Information on "Brother Bear"Disney's "Brother Bear" in Pre-Production?
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\The following is from Feature Animation Forum on March 14, 2001
BROTHER BEAR: Once Joaquin Phoenix (from Gladiator) wraps up work on "It's All About Love", his next job is this Disney animated movie in 2002. Talking with Liz Smith, the Oscar-nominated actor says "The real pinnacle is that I'm playing an animated character in a Disney film. Isn't that the greatest? I play a native American transformed into a bear. It's called 'The Bears' Don't call me a leading man. I don't care about that. I'm a leading bear. I am content!"
Early sketches of the young boy basically look like Mowgli, of the Jungle Book, but with more animal skins on.
Brother Bear is the story of a young rebellious indian boy, age 15 years old, whose father, the chief the tribe is killed by a bear. His older brother, age 18 years old, then becomes chief. In one scene the young boy argues that his brother's first course of action should be to hunt down and kill the bear. The brother disagrees, and the young boy goes off to take the matter into his own hands. somewhere along the way, spirits are involved, that turn the boy into his enemy - a bear. Now he must learn how to relate to them, now that he is one of them. Then somehow the boy learns his lesson and is returned to his natural form.
The following is info from "Ain't It Cool News:
"The music starts with a three and a half minute ?Intro Song? that has yet to be titled. A little over a minute and a half song called "Father?s Footsteps" A long 4 minute innocuous piece called GRIZZ?S SONG, which basically is an elevator music twist on ?this can?t be my destiny?. The next two were upbeat and fun, think montage sequence showing the pleasures of being a bear, and these were two parts of the FISHING SONG, each about a minute and a half. And lastly there was the Title Song called BROTHER BEAR a long 5 and a half minute apologetic and learning to live with the past song.