Having taken a $200 million bite at the box office worldwide, Disney’s Brother Bear arrives on home video today with a two-disc DVD loaded with extras. The release drops just as Disney’s latest big-screen toon, Home on the Range, gets set to stampede into theaters on Friday, April 3.
Brother Bear tells the story of a young man named Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix) who learns to view life from a whole different perspective when he is transformed into a bear. He befriends a bear cub named Koda (Jeremy Suarez) and finds himself hunted by his own human brother. SCTV alums Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas bring comic relief as the voices of a pair of misguided moose named Rutt and Tuke. Also featured are five original songs by Phil Collins, who won the Best Song Academy Award for "You’ll Be in My Heart" from Disney’s Tarzan. A sixth song, which was ultimately not used in the feature, is found on the extra features disc.
Other DVD bonus materials include comedic commentary by Rutt and Tuke, Koda’s outtakes, a music video for Phil Collins’ "Look Through My Eyes," two set-top games, a making-of featurette and deleted scenes. The Buena Vista Home Entertainment release retails for $29.99 DVD and $24.99 VHS.
Also arriving on shelves today is the two-disc release of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Set 2. The DVD contains 18 episodes and lists for $29.95. The installments are also available on the single disc releases It’s All Bean to Me and Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean, retailing for $19.95 each.
The Beanster is joined on shelves by the animated double feature The Swan Princess and The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure. First released in 1994, The Swan Princess is loosely based on the Swan Lake story and features the voices of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright and Michelle Nicastro, who reprises the role of Princess Odette in the 1989 sequel. The Columbia Tristar Home Video release carries a suggested retail price of $29.95.