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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALL-NEW ANIMATED MOVIE
Featuring Patrick Dempsey, Mandy Moore With Songs By Melissa Etheridge

BROTHER BEAR 2

NEW CHARACTERS AND OLD FRIENDS RETURN IN THE STIRRING
ADVENTURE OF DESTINY AND COURAGE ON DVD AUGUST 29

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BURBANK, Calif., May 26, 2006 – It’s good to be a bear in the all-new animated movie Brother Bear 2, the hilarious sequel to Walt Disney Pictures’ wildly successful Brother Bear (a Theatrical hit and a top-selling DVD title in 2004), on Disney DVD August 29. An exciting film about enduring friendships and following one’s heart, Brother Bear 2 welcomes back the human-turned-bear Kenai and the young cub Koda, plus Rutt and Tuke the wisecracking moose. New to the wild tundra are Rutt and Tuke’s comical paramours the “moosettes,” plus the outrageous Sha-Woman, and Kenai’s childhood friend and love interest Nita. Music superstar and Grammy® Award-winner Melissa Etheridge performs three sensational songs for Brother Bear 2, including two new songs written by Melissa Etheridge specifically for the film. Acclaimed rising musical star Josh Kelley (top-ten hit “Amazing” and new album “Almost Honest”) performs, with Melissa Etheridge, the moving end-credit song.

Loaded with star power, Brother Bear 2 features new voice Patrick Dempsey (hunky star of TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Kenai, with Jeremy Suarez (Jordan on TV’s “The Bernie Mac Show”) reprising his role as Koda. Rick Moranis (“Honey I Shrunk The Kids”) and Dave Thomas (TV’s “Grace Under Fire”) return as the comically mixed-up moose duo of Rutt and Tuke. For the new characters, recording artist and actress Mandy Moore (“A Walk To Remember,” “The Princess Diaries”) voices Nita; the hilarious comedienne Wanda Sykes (“Over the Hedge”) is Innoko the Sha-Woman; and Andrea Martin (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Catherine O’Hara (“Chicken Little”) play the moosettes Anda and Kata, respectively.

Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features are: “Trample Off, Eh?” where viewers help Rutt and Tuke win a date with the moosettes by answering fun trivia questions about the movie; and an exclusive “Behind The Music” featurette on Melissa Etheridge and how she was inspired to write songs for the movie. Available only on Disney DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.) from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 29, 2006.

In Brother Bear 2 Kenai emerges from his first hibernation hungry as - well, a bear - and eager to take his little brother Koda to Crowberry Ridge for the best spring berries. Their buddies, Rutt and Tuke, have come down with a severe case of spring fever and are busy courting a pair of moossettes, with hilarious results. But Kenai and Koda are immune, intent on following their plan. That is, until Kenai’s childhood pal Nita shows up with a very human problem only Kenai can solve, and his plans change. Big time.

It seems a simple carved amulet Kenai gave Nita long ago had a greater significance than either of them realized. Now Nita can’t marry until she and Kenai burn the amulet together at Hokani Falls, their old stomping grounds. They set off on an arduous and tumultuous journey over icy mountains, raging rivers and unforeseen obstacles. It’s an adventure that renews their friendship, redefines who they are, and ultimately reveals that the Great Spirits have a surprising plan of their own.

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STREET DATE: AUGUST 29, 2006
Direct prebook: July 3, 2006
Distributor prebook: July 18, 2006
Suggested retail price: $29.99 (DVD)
Rated: Rated “G.” Bonus materials not rated or subtitled.
Bonus materials subject to change.
Feature run time: Approximately 73 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: Family friendly widescreen 1.78:1 enhanced for 16x9 TV screens
DVD Sound: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS® 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
Languages: English, Spanish, French audio.
Close captioned for the hearing impaired.

Stills from Brother Bear 2

Nita (center) meets Koda and reunites with her childhood friend Kenai, who is now a seven foot Grizzly bear! Rutt and Tuke (background) wave to the moosettes, who want nothing to do with the misguided pair.
Left: Nita (center) meets Koda and reunites with her childhood friend Kenai, who is now a seven foot Grizzly bear! / Right: Rutt and Tuke (background) wave to the moosettes, who want nothing to do with the misguided pair.

When Nita (center) tries to get married, she finds the Great Spirits have other plans for her. Rutt and Tuke’s repeated attempts to woo the moosettes finally pay off.
Left: When Nita (center) tries to get married, she finds the Great Spirits have other plans for her. / Right: Rutt and Tuke’s repeated attempts to woo the moosettes finally pay off.

Tuke enjoys some alone time with the moosettes. Nita (right) anxiously looks on as the wise Sha-woman Innoko (left) communicates with the Great Spirits.
Left: Tuke enjoys some alone time with the moosettes. / Right: Nita (right) anxiously looks on as the wise Sha-woman Innoko (left) communicates with the Great Spirits.

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Posted May 26, 2006 / Updated August 29, 2006.