I have watched the sequel several times now, but still fails to find what the message this film was trying to teach?
I know that the first movie is about love, tolerance, and forgiveness, but the second movie seems a bit..out of focus? I mean, many times I see a part in the movie that I thought is building up the theme, it just gets carried away quickly and another one pops out right after.
In the end, it seem to me that the theme isn't about brotherly love, but that if you don't plan on marrying your childhood sweetie, the Spirits might send an earthquake to wake your behind right up. Doesn't seem very convincing to me....
Last Edit: May 23, 2011 12:32:21 GMT -5 by thePwnER
No, the Spirits weren't "forcing" Nita to marry Kenai. When they were kids Kenai and Nita grew a bond with the Spirits when Kenai gave Nita her necklace. It apparently was a special (Albeit accidental if it meant Nita can't marry because of it) bond they did from that and unless they bring the bond back to the Spirits Nita can't marry. I'm sure there was some research to those times and people to back up the spiritual meaning behind such a trade if they went along with such a plot device, maybe someone else in the board really knows.
That was the basis of their journey, but along the way they discovered that that innocent childhood affection they used to have grew into actual feelings for one another.
The second movie teaches a couple of things. One, that no matter the obstacle between two people, nothing can break their bond. We see that between Kenai and Koda when the latter began to feel neglected and ignored by the former's interest and feelings toward Nita.
Brotherly love is still a theme, once again touching the lesson above and giving us one of Koda's biggest character development, where he was ready and willing to give up something that was so important to him for a chance for Kenai to be happy.
Second, love knows no boundaries and always finds a way to actually be, as with the case between Kenai and Nita discovering their mutual feelings, and the Spirits offering them a way for them to be together.
Of course, that doesn't really excuse how Nita immediately ditching Atka without so much as a "I'm sorry, but I'm in love with someone else", but that's something for another time...
I'm sure there was some research to those times and people to back up the spiritual meaning behind such a trade if they went along with such a plot device, maybe someone else in the board really knows.
I don't know whether there's a real basis for it (and perhaps I should try to find out), but I have wondered that recently; it's interesting to me that the Northern Water Tribe in Avatar: The Last Airbender also has a practice of giving carved engagement necklaces, and since they're based on the same cultures I wonder if there may be something to it.
"If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs "The bark on the trees was as soft as the skies." While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely He cries to the moon, "If only, if only."
Post by Nayla-Naylie on Sept 1, 2011 2:38:58 GMT -5
Hmm funny, I used to think the spirits were trying to force Nita to be together with Kenai cause that's what it look like to me during the first view of the sequel. Those spirits sounded really sneaky lol