Parents' Guide to

The Jungle Book 2

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

OK for kids, but not the most inspired sequel.

Movie G 2003 72 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Just fine!

While I agree this movie does NOT top the original, there are still some things I like about it. The animation is very nice to look at. And I like how it has so much music from the first movie, really gives you a nice nostalgia kick. There are only two new songs that might be forgettable, but I find the song "The Jungle Rhytm" to be quite catchy. And I think it's fair that this movie takes off where the first movie ended and we get to see how Mowgli's life is in the village. His new little brother Ranjan is so cuuuute. And even if Shanti has a pretty big difference in her personality here than what she felt like in the end of the first movie, she although is a good role model for kids. And the villain returns in this movie, I mean how often does that happen? And I also likes the ending here a little bit better. Overall, while it's not the best sequel to a Disney movie, it's not the absolutely worse. It's a nice little nostalgia trip with also some new experiences for the Jungle book fans! :)
age 4+

The Jungle book 2

I would say that "The Jungle Book 2" is not as good at all as the original and should make some plot improvements.

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There is no pretense of art or imagination in this movie. Like so many other sequels, JUNGLE BOOK 2 is full of watered-down production values and weak story lines, and lacks character development. The original Jungle Book was the last animated film personally supervised by Walt Disney. The few glimmers of life in this pallid sequel are reprises of some of that film's best moments, especially the wonderful songs, "Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You." But other attempts to remind us of the earlier film will disappoint those who remember it well and confuse those who do not.

There are some lightweight action sequences and some second-rate song numbers. The voice talents are excellent, though not up to the original's Phil Harris and Louis Prima. And the Disney animators, even on a second-tier project like this one, still do the best work there is -- viewers should be sure to look out for the meticulous work on the rippling water and some wonderfully expressive character work.

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