THE JUNGLE BOOK 2

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Release Date: February 14, 2003

Starring: The voices of John Goodman,
Haley Joel Osment, Phil
Collins, Jim Cummings, Bob
Joles, and Tony Jay

Genre: Animated Drama/Musical

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice JUNGLE BOOK 2 is a
typical top-notch Disney
animated film for the whole
family. It's got everything
from the beloved, memorable
characters audiences came to
love in THE JUNGLE BOOK, to
the hilarious voice talents of
such stars as John Goodman,
who plays Baloo the Bear,
Haley Joel Osment (SIXTH
SENSE), who plays Mowgli, and
Phil Collins, who steals the
show with his hilarious
performance as the taunting,
British speaking "Lucky the
Vulture." The story begins
with Mowgli living with a
beautiful, affectionate Indian
family in a sweet village
safely fenced off from the
dangers of the big, dangerous
jungle. The daughter in the
family is little Shaunti, a
pretty, obedient child who is
intrigued by Mowgli's
descriptions of the excitement
of the jungle. Mowgli loves
his new family, but the lure
of his old jungle life and his
old pal Baloo compels him to
disobey his new parents and
secretly venture farther and
farther into the jungle from
time to time. Meanwhile,
Baloo is missing his little
dancing buddy and finds a way
to sneak back into the village
to steal him back into the
jungle. The problem is that
the scary, vindictive tiger
Shere Khan is hunting Mowgli,
too, to destroy him out of
vengeance over a past offense.
The whole village chases Shere
Khan, but Shaunti and her
little brother, against the
rules of their parents, set
out into the jungle to rescue
their friend. Is Mowgli a true
friend? After he sees his old
buddy, Baloo, he becomes
enamored with his old
lifestyle and Baloo's lazy,
carefree ways and begins
talking badly about his family
and new friend, Shaunti. After
having a big dance session
with the monkeys at a secret
fort, Baloo begins telling the
other animals about the
repressive humans and their
awful rules. Mowgli begins to
miss his family, and he sneaks
off a bit, only to find
himself standing between the
old lifestyle and the new,
having to make a choice about
where his heart truly lies.
But, will he even get to make
that choice, or will the awful
Shere Khan find him
first? With colorful
animation, a cute, moral
story, fun song-and-dance
numbers, and a warm-hearted
ending, JUNGLE BOOK 2 will be
a big family favorite to round
out the winter. A couple of
cautionary notes include the
fact that the Indian family
appears to be Hindu, with the
characteristic red mark on the
woman's forehead, but the
family is warm, affectionate,
communicative, with a perfect
blend of "loving but firm" in
their parenting style. Lying
and backstabbing are portrayed
but rebuked through the
storytelling, and even lazy
Baloo undergoes transformation
and is able to make some
mature and selfless choices at
the end. The other problem is
that the movie's appeal is
limited to children under
seven or eight. Older children
who have been exposed to the
recent heart-racing thrills of
such movies as SPIDER-MAN were
yawning a bit at the old
musical style of childhood
entertainment. The younger
ones laughed and clapped,
though, enthralled with the
whole picture. Please address
your comments to: Michael
Eisner, Chairman/CEO Buena
Vista Distribution Co. (Walt
Disney Pictures, Caravan,
Hollywood, Miramax, &
Touchstone Pictures) Dick
Cook, Chairman Walt Disney
Pictures 500 South Buena Vista
Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818)
560-1000 Website:
www.disney.com

Rating: G

Runtime: 65 minutes

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista

Director: Steve Trenbirth

Executive Producer:

Producer: Christopher Chase and Mary
Thorne

Writer: Carter Crocker BASED ON THE
NOVEL BY: Rudyard Kipling

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Content:

(BB, Pa, FR, V, M) Very moral worldview portraying strong families, the importance of obedience, honesty, and loyalty to parents and friends, and conversely, gossip, dishonesty, laziness, duality/gossip are rebuked or shown to be poor choices as well as an Indian woman has a red dot on her forehead, signifying Hinduism, but with no other portrayals; light cartoonish violence with snake trying to hypnotize, capture and strangle two children, tiger trying to stalk and destroy protagonist out of revenge; and, deception, disobedience, lying to parents, laziness, and the two-faced taking of sides against a friend - all rebuked or shown to be faulty, unfruitful ideologies.

GENRE: Animated Drama/Musical

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Summary:

In JUNGLE BOOK 2, jungle boy Mowgli decides to forsake the ways of his family and their civilized life for the "bare necessities" of the wild life with his old friends. The movie is a fun, animated film that upholds family values and rebukes laziness, betrayal and rebellion.

Review:

JUNGLE BOOK 2 is a typical top-notch Disney animated film for the whole family. It's got everything from the beloved, memorable characters audiences came to love in THE JUNGLE BOOK, to the hilarious voice talents of such stars as John Goodman, who plays Baloo the Bear, Haley Joel Osment (SIXTH SENSE), who plays Mowgli, and Phil Collins, who steals the show with his hilarious performance as the taunting, British speaking "Lucky the Vulture."

The story begins with Mowgli living with a beautiful, affectionate Indian family in a sweet village safely fenced off from the dangers of the big, dangerous jungle. The daughter in the family is little Shaunti, a pretty, obedient child who is intrigued by Mowgli's descriptions of the excitement of the jungle. Mowgli loves his new family, but the lure of his old jungle life and his old pal Baloo compels him to disobey his new parents and secretly venture farther and farther into the jungle from time to time.

Meanwhile, Baloo is missing his little dancing buddy and finds a way to sneak back into the village to steal him back into the jungle. The problem is that the scary, vindictive tiger Shere Khan is hunting Mowgli, too, to destroy him out of vengeance over a past offense. The whole village chases Shere Khan, but Shaunti and her little brother, against the rules of their parents, set out into the jungle to rescue their friend.

Is Mowgli a true friend? After he sees his old buddy, Baloo, he becomes enamored with his old lifestyle and Baloo's lazy, carefree ways and begins talking badly about his family and new friend, Shaunti. After having a big dance session with the monkeys at a secret fort, Baloo begins telling the other animals about the repressive humans and their awful rules. Mowgli begins to miss his family, and he sneaks off a bit, only to find himself standing between the old lifestyle and the new, having to make a choice about where his heart truly lies. But, will he even get to make that choice, or will the awful Shere Khan find him first?

With colorful animation, a cute, moral story, fun song-and-dance numbers, and a warm-hearted ending, JUNGLE BOOK 2 will be a big family favorite to round out the winter. A couple of cautionary notes include the fact that the Indian family appears to be Hindu, with the characteristic red mark on the woman's forehead, but the family is warm, affectionate, communicative, with a perfect blend of "loving but firm" in their parenting style. Lying and backstabbing are portrayed but rebuked through the storytelling, and even lazy Baloo undergoes transformation and is able to make some mature and selfless choices at the end.

The other problem is that the movie's appeal is limited to children under seven or eight. Older children who have been exposed to the recent heart-racing thrills of such movies as SPIDER-MAN were yawning a bit at the old musical style of childhood entertainment. The younger ones laughed and clapped, though, enthralled with the whole picture.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

Buena Vista Distribution Co.

(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)

Dick Cook, Chairman

Walt Disney Pictures

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

Website: www.disney.com

SUMMARY: In JUNGLE BOOK 2, jungle boy Mowgli decides to forsake the ways of his family and their civilized life for the "bare necessities" of the wild life with his old friends. The movie is a fun, animated film that upholds family values and rebukes laziness, betrayal and rebellion.

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