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Mowgli convinces the village children, including his best pals, Shanti and Ranjan of the jungle's virtues. But his stepfather catches him and punishes him for his disobedience. Mowgli sneaks away to the jungle with the help of Baloo. The pals get back in the swing of things as they reunite and reminisce about old times.
PROFANITY: None SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some threats of violence from the tiger. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: The jungle action/activity should easily keep the little ones happy. COMEDY: Some funny wisecracks every so often.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "After seeing a less-than-stellar motion picture, I often
experience feelings of disappointment, irritation, sadness and anger. But it's
rare for me to feel insulted – which is precisely what happened with The
Jungle Book 2. This lame animated fable, despite having
"direct-to-video" written all over it, was released by Disney,...''
Review Below Average "The Jungle Book 2 is so thin and unsatisfying,
it seems like the made-for-DVD version, not a theatrical release.''
Review Average "The Jungle Book 2 offers up the absolute bare
necessities of a sequel: the same lovable characters as in the original and many
catchy tunes reprised from its predecessor. Unfortunately, it relies on those
two elements to keep our interest, providing a paper-thin story.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "...the story builds on the original, and tells a solid
coming of age tale as it follows the original's main character into young
adulthood. The musical numbers are also well done: In addition to a few catchy
new tunes, Baloo's Oscar-nominated signature song, 'The Bare Necessities,' is
once again revived and endearingly sung by Goodman.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some great opinions, especially coming from adults. Kids and teens (I suspect young teens) loved it giving it lots of "Fantastic" opinions and very few low opinions. Both young adults and adults also enjoyed it very much. This is obviously a great movie to take the whole family to see, because everyone will likely enjoy it, at least to some degree.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This one is easy to predict. If you enjoyed the first one you will enjoy Jungle Book 2. It's funny and very cute. It's every bit as good as the first one. And like the first one, it should be enjoyed by most adults, so TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SEE JUNGLE BOOK 2!
The man-cub now lives
in the village among humans, learning about the love of a family for the first
time in his life. His new life includes his little stepbrother, Ranjan, and his
best friend Shanti, the girl that initially wooed him from the jungle. But
living in the village means following human rules, a new concept that encroaches
on the freedoms he enjoyed during his upbringing in the jungle.
Moreover, Mowgli's still got that jungle rhythm in his
heart. He misses his old buddy Baloo, who likewise pines for his little man-cub
pal. While the wise panther, Bagheera, and Colonel Hathi's Elephant Patrol
attempt to keep Baloo from disturbing Mowgli's new-human existence, Mowgli is
putting the jungle bug in the ear of the village children
during the rousing musical number, "Jungle
Rhythm." The children have been lectured since birth about the dangers of
the jungle, and have been forbidden to enter its mysterious foliage. But Mowgli's
infectious song innocently leads the village children toward the jungle —
only to be halted by Mowgli's stepfather, who promptly
punishes Mowgli for his disobedience.
Meanwhile, Baloo isn't the only one hoping to see Mowgli
man-eating tiger Shere Khan impatiently awaits revenge for his humiliation.
Shere Khan slips into the man village hoping to find the man-cub
just as Mowgli is sneaking away to the jungle with the help of Baloo. Shanti is
so worried about Mowgli that she overcomes her own fear of the jungle and goes
— followed, unbeknownst to her, by
the irrepressible Ranj an.
Baloo sets forth to convince the man-cub that his place is in
the jungle, taking his quest to musical extremes with the show-stopping, Busby
Berkeley-style musical number, "W-I-L-D." But the fun can't last.
With the hypnotic snake Kaa seeking a snack, Shere Khan out for vengeance and
the villagers scouring the jungle, the chase is on to find Mowgli and get him to
safety. In the end, Shanti and Baloo must team up to help their mutual pal
defeat the nefarious tiger, and Mowgli is faced with deciding between old
friends and new family.