Then, a shocking plot twist was revealed (the bear KENAI killed was KODA's mother!) and a heartbreaking scene followed it (KENAI tells KODA the truth), which made me think that I had underestimated the movie. Unfortunately, it all falls apart at the end. Is it possible to forgive a loved one for killing another loved one? Maybe, but not that fast and not if there's a big time difference between how much you've known each loved one. The idea of DENAHI seeing the ghost of SITKA, KENAI's transformation and KENAI comforting KODA was that DENAHI was going to understand everything that had happened. However, it felt like he got the script on his hand. All of this represents the worst stereotype of Disney: Simplifying and/or sugarcoding heavy subjects.
The animation is beautiful, but both the humour and the songs are hit-or-miss.
Most Disney movies didn't get direct-to-video sequels until several years later. Since BROTHER BEAR PART 2 was made only 3 years after the 1st installment, the animation doesn't look too inferior. It's never really boring, but it lacks an emotional punch and the original songs are bad. The 1st movie had a bigger sense of urgency, because KENAI needed to become human again; here, it's all about a wedding. Come on! There are more dangerous situations, but they can't compare to DENAHI. He was a bigger threat partly because, if he had killed KENAI, it would've been a tragic irony. RUTT & TUKE (the 2 moose) now have their own subplot. Big mistake. They're not that funny.