FANDOM


Goldstar



"The Bear of Love?" A bear doesn't love anyone! They don't think! They don't feel! I mean they're...they're thieves!
~ Kenai expressing his distaste for his totem

Kenai is the main protagonist of Disney's 44th full-length animated feature film, Brother Bear and it's 2006 sequel, Brother Bear 2.

He is the younger brother of Sitka and Denahi, the adoptive older brother of Koda, and the husband of Nita. He is the youngest of three brothers who gets turned into a bear, to teach him to see through their eyes.

He is voiced by Joaquin Phoenix in the first film and Patrick Dempsey in the sequel.

Biography

Brother Bear

Kenai was a young Inuit on the verge of becoming a man. He is first seen collecting fish with his brothers before returning to his village for his manhood ceremony where he will receive a totem necklace. Sitka has an eagle of guidance totem whilst Denahi has a wolf of wisdom totem. Kenai is tasked with tying the basket containing the fish up in a tree away from bears (which Kenai hates). However upon hearing that the village's shaman woman Tanana has arrived with his totem, Kenai forgets to tie the rope and leaves to go to the ceremony, causing the basket to fall. Kenai is dismayed when Tanana gives him a bear totem which represents love. Tanana tells Kenai to let love guide his actions and one day he will be a man and will place a handprint on a wall which has the handprints of their ancestors. After the ceremony, Kenai is teased by Denahi about his totem, but Sitka cheers him up by saying he too was at first unsure about his totem when he was first given it by Tanana, but now that he is older, he knows that it's about being a leader and keeping an eye on his brothers. When Kenai expresses his wish to put his handprint on the wall, Sitka tells him to be patient and to live by his totem. Just then, they find the fish gone and bear paw prints. Denahi berates Kenai for not tying up the basket properly. Kenai goes to try and return the basket.

Kenai finds the bear that stole the basket and attacks it. Sitka and Denahi catch up with him and fight the bear on a glacier. When the bear attempts to attack Kenai and Denahi, Sitka stabs his spear into the glacier, causing it to crack, sending him and the bear into the lake below. Kenai and Denahi see the bear emerge from the lake and run off. They go down to the lake to look for Sitka, but only find his totem and pelt, realising that he is dead as his body was taken by the Great Spirits. After Sitka's funeral, a vengeful Kenai, against the wishes of Denahi, decided to kill the bear at all costs and throws his bear totem into the ashes of the funeral pyre. Tanana picks up the totem, which Denahi takes and goes after Kenai. Kenai tracks the bear and kills it, but for acting out of hate rather than out of love as he had been commanded to do, Sitka and the other spirits turned Kenai himself into a bear as punishment for his actions. Denahi arrives moments later and sees Kenai in his bear form and the remains of Kenai's clothes, causing him to think that the bear in front of him killed Kenai. Kenai then falls into a river and bangs his head against a rock and falls unconscious. The next day, Kenai wakes up and discovers that he is now a bear. He is then told by Tanana that the only way for him to become human again was to travel to a mountain peak called, "the place where the (Northern) lights touch the earth." Along the way, however, Kenai meets two moose brothers named Rutt and Tuke and a bear cub named Koda, who has been separated from his mother. Koda made a deal with Kenai that if he would take him to a salmon run (where Koda thinks his mother will be), he will take Kenai the mountain where the lights touch the earth (which is next to the salmon run). At first Kenai did not like the young bear's company, but eventually he became attached to him.

During his journey, Kenai was pursued by Denahi, who cannot speak bear and wishes to avenge Kenai unaware that the bear is Kenai. Eventually, Kenai and Koda reach the salmon run and meet with Tug and the other bears. Later, the bears tell stories to each other and Koda tells the story of how he got separated from his mother. He says that she got separated from Koda after protecting him from hunters. Kenai realises that the hunters Koda was referring to were him and his brothers and that Koda's mother was the bear he killed. Horrified by his actions, Kenai leaves the salmon run and isolates himself from the other bears. The next day, Koda finds a depressed Kenai, who tells him that he has a story for him that is a man and a bear. When Koda says that he doesn't like the story, Kenai tells Koda that his mother isn't coming, causing Koda to realise that Kenai caused his mother's death and runs off in sadness. Unable to convince Koda that he is sorry, Kenai decides to go to the mountain himself.

Upon reaching the mountain, Kenai calls out to Sitka and sees a eagle shaped silhouette in the distance and believes it to be Sitka. However, it is then revealed to be Denahi, who attacks him. Just then, Koda (having forgiven Kenai) arrives and comes to Kenai's aid and tries to steal Denahi's spear. Denahi chases Koda and Kenai tries to stop him hurting Koda. After saving Koda from Denahi, Sitka arrives and returned Kenai to his human form, much to Denahi's surprise. Not wanting to leave Koda alone, Kenai, with the blessing of Denahi, returned to his bear form to care for Koda. Kenai and his brothers share one last hug before Sitka returns to the Great Spirits. For doing an act of love, Kenai was declared to have become a man by becoming a bear and places his paw print on the wall with Koda, Denahi, Tanana and the other villagers watching.

Brother Bear 2

Kenai and Koda wake up from hibernation and met Kenai's childhood friend Nita who haven been given the ability to talk to animals, asks Kenai to come with her to burn an amulet he gave her in childhood so she can get married to her fiancé Atka. Kenai and Nita begin to rekindle, causing Koda to think Nita will convince Kenai to became human again and so flees but Kenai tells him he woukd never do that.

After the amulet is burned, Nita bids farewell to Kenai and Koda and returns to her village to marry Atka. Koda follows Nita with Kenai following soon after, where they are attached by Atka and the villagers. Kenai is badly injured by Atka but Nita stops anymore from happening an declares her love for Kenai. The spirits turn Nita into a bear so she can be with Kenai and the two get married.

Trivia

  • Kenai is the first Disney protagonist to kill someone's parent (in this case, Koda's mother, which is why he got turned into a bear in the first place due to his sin).
  • Kenai's age is never stated. Though judging by the fact that he had a manhood ceremony in the first film, he is most likely aged between 16-18 as that is usually when a person comes of age.
  • Joaquin Phoenix did not reprise his role as Kenai for the sequel due to scheduling conflicts. Patrick Dempsey replaced him. Both Phoenix and Dempsey share Kenai as their only voice acting role to date.
           WhiteDisneyLogo Heroes

Animated Features
Snow White | Seven Dwarfs (Doc, Bashful, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy & Dopey) | The Prince | Pinocchio | Jiminy Cricket | Geppetto | Figaro | Cleo | Madame Upanova | Hyacinth Hippo | Ben Ali Gator | Dumbo | Timothy Q. Mouse | Mrs. Jumbo | Bambi | Thumper | Flower | Faline | Bambi's Mother | Great Prince of the Forest | Friend Owl | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Willie the Whale | Bongo the Bear | Lulubelle | Willie | Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad | Water Rat | Angus MacBadger | Pecos Bill | Slue-Foot Sue | Ichabod Crane | Katrina Van Tassel | Cinderella | Jaq and Gus | Fairy Godmother | Prince Charming | Bruno | The King | Grand Duke | Alice | Peter Pan | Tinker Bell | Wendy Darling | John Darling | Michael Darling | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Lady | Tramp | Jock | Trusty | Annette, Collette and Danielle | Aurora | Prince Phillip | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | King Stefan | King Hubert | Pongo | Perdita | Roger Radcliffe | Anita Radcliffe | Nanny | Lucky | Patch | Rolly | Colonel | Sergeant Tibbs | Captain | Arthur Pendragon | Merlin | Archimedes | Mowgli | Baloo | Bagheera | King Louie | Colonel Hathi | Shanti | Winifred | Rama | Vultures | Raksha | Duchess | Thomas O'Malley | Marie | Toulouse | Berlioz | Scat Cat | Robin Hood | Little John | Maid Marian | Friar Tuck | Skippy Rabbit | Lady Kluck | Alan-A-Dale | King Richard | Winnie the Pooh | Tigger | Piglet | Eeyore | Rabbit | Owl | Kanga | Roo | Christopher Robin | Gopher | Bernard | Bianca | Evinrude | Tod | Copper | Big Mama | Dinky and Boomer | Vixey | Widow Tweed | Tod's mother | Taran | Gurgi | Eilonwy | Fflewddur Fflam | Basil of Baker Street | Dr. David Q. Dawson | Olivia Flaversham | Toby | Hiram Flaversham | Oliver | Dodger | Tito | Rita | Francis | Einstein | Fagin | Jenny Foxworth | Georgette | Ariel | Eric | Sebastian | Flounder | Scuttle | King Triton | Max | Cody | Jake | Marahute | Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip Potts | Fifi | Maurice | Aladdin | Jasmine | Genie | Magic Carpet | Abu | Rajah | Iago | Razoul | The Sultan | Simba | Mufasa | Nala | Timon | Pumbaa | Rafiki | Zazu | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pocahontas | John Smith | Meeko | Flit | Percy | Thomas | Chief Powhatan | Quasimodo | Esmeralda | Captain Phoebus | Victor, Hugo, & Laverne | Djali | Clopin | Hercules | Megara | Pegasus | Philoctetes | Zeus | Hera | Hermes | Olympian Gods (Poseidon, Aphrodite, Apollo) | Muses | Fa Mulan | Mushu | Li Shang | Cri-Kee | Grandmother Fa | Yao, Ling and Chien Po | Khan the Horse | Ancestors | Tarzan | Jane Porter | Terk | Tantor | Kala | Archimedes Q. Porter | Kerchak | Baboons | Whales | Tin Soldier | Ballerina | Yo Yo Flamingo | Spring Sprite | Aladar | Plio | Zini | Yar | Suri | Neera | Eema | Baylene | Url | Bruton | Kuzco | Pacha | Kronk | Milo James Thatch | Kida | Dr. Joshua Sweet | Vincenzo Santorini | Audrey Ramirez | Gaetan Moliére | Preston Whitmore | Lilo Pelekai | Nani Pelekai | Stitch | Jumba Jookiba | Pleakley | Jim Hawkins | John Silver | Dr. Doppler | Captain Amelia | Morph | B.E.N. | Kenai | Denahi | Sitka | Koda | Rutt and Tuke | Maggie | Grace | Mrs. Calloway | Buck | Lucky Jack | Chicken Little | Abby Mallard | Runt of the Litter | Fish Out of Water | Buck Cluck | Lewis | Wilbur Robinson | Franny Robinson | Bolt | Mittens | Rhino | Penny | Tiana | Prince Naveen | Louis the Alligator | Ray the Firefly | Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff | Mama Odie | Rapunzel | Flynn Rider | Pascal | Maximus | Wreck-It Ralph | Vanellope von Schweetz | Fix-It Felix, Jr. | Sergeant Calhoun | Princess Anna | Queen Elsa | Kristoff | Olaf | Sven | Hiro Hamada | Baymax | Honey Lemon | GoGo Tomago | Wasabi | Fred | Alistair Krei | Judy Hopps | Nick Wilde | Chief Bogo | Mr. Big | Moana Waialiki | Maui | Grandma Tala | Chief Tui | Ocean | Heihei | Te Fiti | Yesss | Shank

Live-Action Movies
Marnie Piper | Aggie Cromwell | Gwen Piper | Dylan Piper | Sophie Piper | Long John Silver | Nikki | Andre Dupas | Neewa | Makoki | Big Red | Travis Coates | Herbie | Chico | Goodtime Charlie | Dexter Reilly | Richard Schuyler | Wahb | Moki | Miss Eglantine Price | Pete | Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7 | Frank Wilson | Popeye | Olive Oyl | Kevin Flynn | Alan Bradley | Dr. Lora Baines | Jack Pumpkinhead | Billina | Tik-Tok | The Gump | Wolf | Benji | Cougar cubs | Mother Cougar | Jim Craig | Roger Rabbit | Eddie Valiant | Jessica Rabbit | Benny the Cab | Ted Johnson | Susan Johnson | Morogo | Duma | White Fang | Jack Conroy | Henry Casey | Buck | Cliff Secord | Jenny Blake | Gordon Bombay | Wayne Szalinski | Max Dennison | Dani Dennison | Allison | Thackery Binx | Tom Sawyer | Huckleberry Finn | Aramis | Athos | D'Artagnan | Porthos | George Knox | Scott Calvin | Charlie Calvin | Shadow | Chance | Sassy | James Henry Trotter | Mr. Centipede | Mr. Grasshopper | Earthworm | Mrs. Ladybug | Miss Spider | Glowworm | Oddball | George of the Jungle | Ursula Stanhope | Ape | Phillip Brainard | Sara Jean Reynolds | Mr. Magoo | Nick Parker | Annie James | Nick Parker | Elizabeth James | Mighty Joe Young | Jill Young | Gregg O'Hara | Martin | Inspector Gadget | Penny Gadget | Brain | Dr. Brenda Bradford | Max Keeble | Megan | Robe | Carol Newman-Calvin | Stanley Yelnats IV | Zero (Holes) | Captain Jack Sparrow | Joshamee Gibbs | Will Turner | Elizabeth Swann | Hector Barbossa | Jim Evers | Sara Evers | Madame Leota | Emma | Anna Coleman | Phileas Fogg | Inspector Fix | Ben Gates | Riley Poole | Abigail Chase | Shane Wolfe | Zoe Plummer | Lulu Plummer | Will Stronghold | Layla Williams | Warren Peace | Zach | Ethan | Magenta | Ron Wilson | The Commander | Jetstream | Freeze Girl | Principal Powers | Coach Boomer | Jonathan Boy | Mr. Medulla | Peter Pevensie | Susan Pevensie | Edmund Pevensie | Lucy Pevensie | Aslan | Mr. Beaver | Dave Douglas | Jess Aarons | Leslie Burke | Giselle | Robert Philip | Prince Edward | Pip | Nathaniel | Underdog | Sweet Polly Purebred | Jack Unger | Prince Caspian | Skeeter Bronson | Darwin | Blaster | Juarez | Hurley | Mooch | Alice Kingsleigh | Mad Hatter | White Queen | Bandersnatch | Prince Dastan | Princess Tamina | Sheik Amar | Dave Stutler | Balthazar Blake | Balthazar's Eagle | Kevin Flynn | Sam Flynn | John Carter | Woola | The Lone Ranger | Tonto | Oscar Diggs | Glinda the Good Witch of the South | China Girl | Maleficent (2014) | Diaval | Aurora (2014) | Prince Phillip (2014) | Knotgrass, Flittle and Thistlewit | The Baker | The Baker's Wife | Cinderella | Rapunzel | Little Red Riding Hood | Cinderella (2015) | Prince Charming (2015) | Anastasia Tremaine (2015) | Mice (2015) | Fairy Godmother (2015) | Jaq and Gus (2015) | Casey Newton | Frank Walker | Athena | Mowgli (2016) | Bagheera (2016) | Baloo (2016) | Raksha (2016) | The BFG | Sophie | Belle (2017) | Beast (2017) | Maurice (2017) | Lumière (2017) | Cogsworth (2017) | Mrs. Potts (2017) | Chip Potts (2017) | Dumbo (2019) | Aladdin (2019) | Jasmine (2019) | Genie (2019) | Magic Carpet (2019) | Abu (2019) | Rajah (2019) | Dalia | The Sultan (2019) | Simba (2019) | Mufasa (2019) | Nala (2019) | Timon (2019) | Pumbaa (2019) | Rafiki (2019) | Zazu (2019) | Sarabi (2019) | Sarafina (2019)

Other Animated Movies
Br'er Rabbit | Toaster | Blanky | Kirby | Lampy | Radio | Jack Skellington | Sally | Zero | Mayor of Halloween Town | Santa Claus | Valiant | Samson | Benny the Squirrel | Bridget the Giraffe | Nigel | Larry the Anaconda | Ryan | Silvermist | Rosetta | Fawn | Iridessa | Bobble and Clank | Terence | Milo | Gribble | Ki | Milo's Mother | Victor Frankenstein | Sparky | Elsa Van Helsing | Dusty Crophopper | Dottie | Skipper Riley | Sparky | El Chupacabra | Ishani | Vidia | Zarina | Marianne | Dawn | Sunny | Bog King

Sequels
Ethan Dalloway | Cassim | Angelique | Fife | John Rolfe | Uttamatomakkin | Kiara | Kovu | Vitani | Ratso | Wittgenstein | Melody | Tip and Dash | Sylvia Marpole | Beret Girl | Scamp | Angel | Madellaine | Zephyr | Anastasia Tremaine | Prudence | Jane | Ranjan | Sparky | Reuben | Gantu | Thunderbolt | Lars | Ting-Ting, Su, and Mei | Zugor | Cash | Atka | Dixie | Granny Rose | Waylon and Floyd | Queen Athena | Blade Ranger | Maru | Lil' Dipper | Windlifter

Shorts, TV Shows, Comics and Video Games
Pete | Oswald the Lucky Rabbit | Mickey Mouse | Minnie Mouse | Horace Horsecollar | Pluto | Goofy | Donald Duck | Daisy Duck | Ludwig Von Drake | Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey, and Louie | Mortimer Mouse | Chip 'N Dale | Max Goof | Gyro Gearloose | Launchpad McQuack | Webby Vanderquack | Darkwing Duck | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Mona | Morgana Macawber | Pistol Pete | Peg Pete | P.J. | Chiro | Jinmay | Cassandra | Lance Strongbow | Adira | Sora | Kairi | Riku | Axel | Aqua | Vexen | Terra

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.