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The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story



Clunky jungle sequel has loss of parent and some peril.
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Some exposure offered to life in the wild.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

The animals mock, tease, and threaten each other, but without profanity.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:September 29, 1998
Cast:Bhagavan Antle, Brandon Baker, Marty Ingels
Director:Nick Marck
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Wild animals
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 15 years old Written byShamurocks November 22, 2015

Enjoyable and cute, and not too scary.

This movie can't compare to the original Disney classic Jungle Book, but it is still a pretty enjoyable as a family film. There really isn't anything too scary, but sensitive kids may need reassurance from time to time. The tiger is pretty mean, and threatens to kill Mowgli. There is one parental death that is kinda sad, especially for kids. Animals get caught in traps and in one scene, get splinters (some blood). But overall, it's a movie that explores diversity and finding yourself. Perfect for kids, who will appreciate the silliness of the animals, and fine for adults, who can explain the messages in depth with their kids when the credits roll.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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