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The Fox and the Hound 2 The Fox and the Hound 2

Director: Jim Kammerud
Actors: Krista Swan, Jeff Foxworthy, Rob Paulsen, Patrick Swayze, Reba McEntire
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
Rating: G

BURBANK, Calif., August 18, 2006 – Walt Disney Home Entertainment proudly presents the cherished characters, star-studded voice cast and tail-wagging musical adventure of Disney’s all-new THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2, the much anticipated sequel to the studio’s 1981 animated treasure. Brimming with memorable songs from country music luminaries Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood, boasting a celebrity cast featuring Patrick Swayze and comedian Jeff Foxworthy, filled with Disney’s renowned rich animation, and offering interactive and entertaining bonus features, THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2 premieres on Disney DVD December 12, 2006.

THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2 is a timeless, tune-filled tale of enduring relationships, delivering the simple, yet powerful message that true bonds run deep and genuine friendships can’t be broken. A perfect complement to Disney’s original classic, this heartwarming story finds playful pals Copper and Tod, a hound dog and a fox, still up to their mischievous ways.

With Tod’s help, Copper seeks to find his greatest talent – which leads to an adventure at the county fair. When talented diva Dixie (voiced by Reba McEntire) quits the harmonizing novelty dog act, The Singin’ Strays, the stage door swings open for Copper to steal the spotlight and join the band under the tutelage of its success-driven leader, Cash (Patrick Swayze, “Ghost” and “Dirty Dancing”). But as Copper gleams in the limelight, Tod and Dixie quickly discover that playing second fiddle isn’t their true calling – and they hatch a scheme to make things right again. As the plan goes awry with disastrous results, everyone must bond together to bring harmony back to the mutual friendships, and fame where it most belongs.

THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2 stays true to Disney’s illustrious animated musical tradition with seven new songs, including four featuring the celebrated vocals of McEntire and Yearwood. McEntire is an entertainment phenomenon, complementing her amazing musical career (two Grammy Awards, seven Gold Albums, Five Platinum Albums, 33 singles reaching No. 1 on the country charts over the past two decades) with starring roles in television (“Reba”), the Broadway stage (“Annie Get Your Gun”) and numerous films. McEntire performs on three songs in THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2: the scene-setting “We’re in Harmony,” the showstopping “Good Doggie … No Bone!” and the heartfelt “We Go Together.” McEntire also turns in a tour-deforce performance with her vocal portrayal of Dixie, an endearing canine who finally sees what she wants most when she’s forced from the blinding spotlight.

As a three-time Grammy Award winner with 10 singles reaching No. 1 and one of the most successful crossover superstars in music today, Yearwood offers her unforgettable vocals to the ballad “Blue Beyond.” Joining McEntire and Yearwood on the exceptional soundtrack are High School Musical star Lucas Grabeel belting out the toe-tapping end title song “You Know I Will,” award-winning up-and-comers Little Big Town accompanying McEntire on “We Go Together,” and popular “American Idol 2” contestant Josh Gracin with the whimsical “Hound Dude.”

Several notable songwriters have crafted the impressive THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2 soundtrack. Grammy Award-winner Gordon Kennedy (Eric Clapton’s “Change the World”) penned Yearwood’s beautiful song, “Blue Beyond.” Kennedy’s solo work is joined by the contributions of two-time Grammy winner Marcus Hummon (Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” & “Ready to Run,” Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road”) and Will Robinson (songwriter for Willie Nelson, Wynonna, Trace Adkins). Noted composer of live action and Disney animated films Joel McNeely (“Air Force One,” “Holes,” “Return to Neverland”) provides the score for THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2.

The homespun tale features a stellar voice cast beyond the contributions of McEntire and Swayze. Young talents of Harrison Fahn (“Tarzan II”) and Jonah Bobo (“Zathura: A Space Adventure”) bring new life to the adorable title characters as the voices of Copper and Tod, respectively. Actor/comedian Jeff Foxworthy (“The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “Blue Collar TV”) lends his natural country twang to Lyle, the banjo-picking human owner of The Sining Strays. Carol Lawrence (“Yes Dear,” “The Carol Burnett Show”) supplies the voice of Granny Rose, the eldest member of the crooning canines. Voiceover legends Jim Cummings, April Winchell, Jeff Bennett and Russi Taylor create the remaining significant roles of the voice cast.

DVD bonus materials include “The Making of the Music” featurette spotlighting the vocal performances of Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood; the “You Know I Will” music video spotlighting High School Musical star Lucas Grabeel; “Mutt Mix Master,” an interactive musical mix session where the viewer controls the sounds and effects in creating The Singin’ Strays’ latest hit recording; and a special animated classic short featuring Disney’s first dog – Goofy.

Produced by DisneyToon Studios, this inspiring, all-new movie will be available December 12, 2006 for $29.99 (SRP) on DVD just in time for the holidays.

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