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Disney's Animation Groove

1 Sep, 2005 By: John Latchem

Kronk's New Groove

Buena Vista Home Entertainment is getting animated.

Dec. 13 it mounts another direct-to-video effort with Kronk's New Groove, a sequel to 2000's The Emperor's New Groove. The sequel features returning cast members David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton.

Kronk (prebook Nov. 1, DVD $29.99) includes games and featurettes, and follows the Oct. 25 release of a special edition of the original (DVD $29.99), with a deleted scene, music videos and commentary.

Bambi II arrives Feb. 7, 2006 (prebook Dec. 27, DVD/VHS $29.99). In this follow-up to the 1942 classic, Bambi reunites with his father, the Great Prince of the Forest, to learn the ways of life. Patrick Stewart will voice the Great Prince, with Bambi voiced by Alexander Gould, best known for playing Nemo in Finding Nemo.

For 2007, Disney is preparing Cinderella III, which imagines an alternate reality in which Cinderella did not become an enchanted princess. A Platinum Edition of the original 1950 Cinderella streets Oct. 4 (DVD $29.99, gift set $49.99).

Disney is releasing a two-disc Lady and the Tramp: Special Edition Feb. 28 (prebook Jan. 17, $29.99) with never-before-seen deleted scenes, a making-of program, a feature on the dog breeds that inspired the movie and storyboards.

A new special edition of 1999's Tarzan streets Oct. 18 (DVD $29.99). Dec. 26 comes a special edition DVD of Toy Story 2, while October 2006 brings a new special edition DVD of the 1989 hit The Little Mermaid.

Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, a 1997 made-for-video movie, is being prepped for its DVD debut to coincide with the 80th anniversary of A.A. Milne's literary creation. It streets March 14 (prebook Jan. 31) for $29.99. The direct-to-DVD Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie is due Sept. 13 (DVD $19.99).

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