A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some exposure offered to life in the wild.
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story offers positive messages about loyalty, notions of family, and the importance of facing one's fears and solving problems as a step toward independence.
Positive Role Models
Characters here are mainly animals who operate out of hunger, survival, and hierarchy, though they do demonstrate caring and protectiveness. The human character shows strong intuition, thoughtfulness, and level-headedness.
Violence & Scariness
The movie includes the death of an animal parent (shown deceased but not being killed), and includes a frightening open scene where a child is separated from humans after a tiger raid. Additional scenes including being stalked and threatened by a tiger, and a boy being locked in an abandoned house by himself.
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The animals mock, tease, and threaten each other, but without profanity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story includes the death of an animal parent (shown deceased but not being killed), and a boy is stalked throughout the movie by a tiger seeking revenge. Additionally, there are a few other scenes of family separation, danger, and isolation that may scare younger kids. Overall, however, the film is a fairly gentle coming-of-age tale. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This live-action sequel to The Jungle Book is a little clunky -- the jungle feels more backwoods than rainforest, and animals talk, but their mouths don't move. There's also some perilous threats that could frighten little ones and pack more punch than an animated version might.
Kids will likely not mind those deficits, and will enjoy "talking" animals and jungle adventures. Parents can appreciate some positive lessons here about family loyalty and independence.
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