A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
THE JUNGLE BOOK: MOWGLI'S STORY recounts Mowgli's separation from his family after a tiger attacks his tribe to his life in the jungle and eventual confrontation with the tiger, Shere Khan. But before that happens, Mowgli must learn to hunt and survive in the wild with the help of Baloo and Bagheera, and face questions about what loyalty means and where he truly belongs.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of facing your fears head on and solving problems. Have you ever been afraid to face a problem? What happened? How did you gain the courage to deal with it?
What is your definition of family? Consider that family does not always refer to blood relatives, but can also mean an adopted family, or a community of friends or acquaintances who care about you.
Mowgli had to learn what loyalty meant, and how to manage being pulled between two worlds. Have you ever been torn between two groups or activities you loved? How did you decide where to commit yourself?
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