'Beethoven' barks again

Marks the franchise's fourth direct-to-video release

Another direct-to-video sequel to 1992's "Beethoven" will be the next release in Universal's DVD Originals line, the studio announced.

"Beethoven's Big Break," which hits stores Dec. 30, is the fourth DTV release in the franchise, which also includes two theatrical films with a combined domestic boxoffice gross of more than $110 million.

The DVD release will be promoted with a marketing campaign highlighted by the appearance of a giant "Beethoven" balloon in the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.