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Beethoven’s Big Break

Beethoven’s Big Break

DVD Release Date: December 26, 2008
Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Cast: Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Finnigan, Rhea Perlman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Oscar Nunez, Joey Fatone, Cesar Millan, with Moises Arias and Eddie Griffin.
Directed By: Mike Elliott
Screenplay By: Derek Rydall
Story By: Derek Rydall and Brian Levant
Produced By: Wayne Morris
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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Universal City, California, December 2, 2008— Bring together one mega-popular pooch, an all-star cast, some of today’s hottest music and a barrel of bouncing baby St. Bernards, and it all adds up to Beethoven’s Big Break! The all-new adventure comes exclusively to DVD on December 26, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This full-length comedy stars Moises Arias (Rico on “Hannah Montana”), Jonathan Silverman (“The Single Guy”), Daytime Emmy ® winner Jennifer Finnigan (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Joey Fatone (“Dancing with the Stars,” ‘N Sync), Stephen Tobolowsky (“Heroes”), Oscar Nunez (“The Office”), Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother) and Cesar Millan (“The Dog Whisperer”) in his feature film debut—and introduces Pete The Lizard! A fresh and funny re-imagination of the hugely popular franchise, Beethoven’s Big Break is jam-packed with more action and laughs than ever before. Featuring an exciting array of bonus materials, the DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP.

“With movies, bestselling books and even reality television showcasing the public’s fascination with all things dog-related, we believe that there's no better time than now to re-invent the Beethoven franchise.” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Universal Studios Family Productions. “Beethoven has delighted families around the world and we saw this as the perfect opportunity to give this beloved character a makeover for his introduction to a new generation.”

Beethoven’s Big Break is Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions’ newest DVD OriginalTM. Since its introduction in 2005, the DVD Original™ line has made the studio the industry leader in the growing made-for-DVD market. Universal’s strategy combines top-notch casts with high-caliber production values to create new installments of its popular franchises. By launching these films with aggressive marketing campaigns, Universal has released some of the most successful made-for-DVD movies of all-time, including an unbroken string of hits extending the blockbuster franchises Bring It On, American Pie and The Scorpion King.


Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) will be launching Beethoven's Big Break with theatrical-level marketing and publicity support. In addition to a multi-million dollar media campaign featuring top network placements, USHE has partnered with Yahoo! Kids to be the official online destination for Beethoven's Big Break. The major collaboration with the Internet juggernaut will involve the unveiling of 14 weeks of entertaining content featuring film talent, created exclusively for Yahoo! Kids. Outreach for the title also extends to the malls with a far-reaching alliance with Simon Property Group - the country's largest owner, developer and manager of high quality retail real estate - to promote Beethoven's Big Break to families at 139 malls nationwide throughout the holiday season in conjunction with their Santa Pet Photo events. In addition to playing the trailer and posting signage promoting the film, the program will also feature regional print and radio advertisements, as well as promotional item distribution, while supplies last. The Beethoven's Big Break DVD was also featured in the 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®. On November 27, 2008, the "Beethoven" balloon made its way down New York City's famed Broadway with millions of spectators and more than 50 million television viewers watching nationwide.


The Beethoven’s Big Break DVD contains a kennel full of exciting, exclusive bonus features, including:

  • GAG REEL: Over 10 minutes of fun moments from the set.
  • MOISES STEALS THE SHOW: Filled with direct-to-camera hijinks, this piece features Moises Arias acting, joking, and playing.
  • HOW DID THEY DO THAT?!: Animal trainers Mark Eschevarria and Dave Sousa tell us how they trained three dogs for the role of Beethoven while Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan explains the keys to working with animals.


For viewers in need of even more puppy love, Beethoven’s Big Break will also be included in the new Beethoven's Dog-gone Best Movie Pack, available on December 26. Six hilarious full-length movies for one great price, Beethoven's Dog-gone Best Movie Pack includes every chapter of the hugely successful dog franchise. With over 8 hours of action, laughs and surprises, Beethoven's Dog-gone Best Movie Pack will satisfy the most devoted fans of the big-hearted, wet-nosed Beethoven and his adorable puppies.


Although animal handler Eddie (Silverman) works with lots of creatures, he has a strict NO PETS ALLOWED policy and won’t let his son Billy keep adorable stray dog Beethoven and his family of puppies. But when dog-nappers steal the canine star of the movie Eddie’s working on, the studio big shots must quickly find a replacement and unexpectedly cast the lumbering canine as their next big star. Through his rambunctious antics and larger-than-life personality, Beethoven not only crashes into Hollywood but into Eddie’s heart as well.

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