Basic cable outlet Toon Disney will host the world television premiere of Bambi II on Friday, Nov. 3. The long-awaited sequel to one of the most beloved animated features of all time was released directly to home video in February and sold more than 2.5 million DVDs during its first week at retail. Toon Disney will also air the basic cable debut of Kronk’s New Groove, the sequel to Disney’s 2000 toon feature The Emporer’s New Groove. on Nov. 8. Both films will air in the network’s Big Movie Show slot at 5 p.m. (ET/PT).
Bambi II is directed by Brian Pimental a writer on A Goofy Movie, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, the 2D feature followup has Bambi reunited with his father (voiced by Patrick Stewart), who must raise the young deer and teach him to be a Great Prince of the Forest like himself. Reconnecting with sweet doe Faline, Bambi finds himself challenged by a young buck with budding horns and faces even greater obstacles as he learns the ways of the forest.
In Kronk’s New Groove, another direct-to-video followup, Patrick Warburton reprises the role of loveable henchman Kronk, who has realized his lifelong dream of becoming a chef and camp counselor. But when his father (voiced by John Mahoney from TV’s Frasier) comes to visit, he has to win Pop’s approval by pretending he has settled down with a wife and family. David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt and Wendie Malick also revisit their respective roles for this outing, which also features the voice of Tracey Ullman.