‘Brother Bear’ sequel coming direct to video
Disney's next direct-to-video sequel will be a follow-up to "Brother Bear," which grossed $85 million at the box office in 2003.
"Brother Bear 2" hits DVD on August 29 and features three original songs from Melissa Etheridge.
"I was so honored that they thought of me," Etheridge said. "I brought my kids in, and we watched the movie while it was still just rough pencil tests. (But) the artists had already put so much life into the characters and every now and then there would be a color picture, so I knew what was coming."
As often is the case with Disney sequels that are released directly to video, many of the voice stars from the original theatrical feature will return. Jeremy Suarez reprises his voice role as Koda, while Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas are back as the mixed-up moose duo of Rutt and Tuke.
Disney also is bringing in some high-profile actors to voice the new characters in "Brother Bear 2," including Patrick Dempsey as Kenai, Mandy Moore as Nita, Wanda Sykes as Innoko and Andrea Martin and Catherine O'Hara as moosettes Anda and Kata.
Also in the pipeline: Disney's "Mickey House Clubhouse: Mickey Saves Santa and Other Mouseketales," coming November 14. The release marks the hit Playhouse Disney preschool series' DVD debut.