74 Min. | Animation – Adventure – Comedy | August 2006
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Director: Ben Gluck
Staring: Patrick Dempsey, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Suarez
Brother Bear 2 Review: “Brother Bear”, released in 2003, is not one of the most popular disney animated features, but like a number of the more popular ones, it did get the direct-to-video sequel treatment. “Brother Bear 2” was released in 2006. These Disney direct-to-video sequels aren’t usually that good, and figured this one would be no exception. Even though this one is more popular than some of the others, it didn’t quite surpass my expectations. For the most part, thought it was simply mediocre, with occasional funny moments, but also found that it got slightly better towards the end, so thought it was still better than “Home on the Range”.
In Brother Bear 2, Kenai now lives happily as a bear with his orphaned foster brother cub, Koda. Winter is almost over, and the bears have just awoken from hibernation. On their way to Crowberry Ridge to get berries, Kenai and Koda stop to sleep, and Kenai has a dream about Nita, a childhood friend of his, and it is then obvious that he is haunted by his memories of her. Meanwhile, Nita is about to get married, but the wedding is interrupted by the Spirits, who make it clear that they do not approve! When they were children, Kenai gave Nita an amulet, and she will not be able to marry somebody else unless she makes it to Hokani Falls in time for the vernal equinox and burns the amulet, and Kenai has to go with her. Innoko, the “sha-woman,” puts Nita under a spell so she can communicate with bears, and Nita goes out to find Kenai and begin the trek to Hokani Falls. Along the way, the three of them face more than one problem.
The humour in “Brother Bear 2” usually doesn’t work so well. Innoko, voiced by Wanda Sykes, is clearly supposed to be funny, but isn’t, and basically, the same goes for Aunt Siqiniq and Aunt Taqqiq. Also Koda is once again pretty lame as a comic relief, and there are some poor lines in the film, such as Nita’s comment when she sees Kenai as a bear for the first time. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas returned to play Rutt and Tuke, the moose brothers based on the two actors’ iconic “SCTV” alter egos, Bob and Doug McKenzie. If it weren’t for them, the humour in this movie would generally miss the mark. The animation in this sequel is like that in the original “Brother Bear”, pretty good, but not great. Towards the end, found that there are some exciting and touching moments, which is what makes it slightly better at this point. So, “Brother Bear 2” may be entertaining for many kids and some adults as well, but unsurprisingly, like probably most of these direct-to-video sequels.