The Jungle Book: The Movie (2010)

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Animated jungle tales have sustained peril but no bloodshed.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 62 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Some exposure to jungle creatures, survival, and the hierarchical behavior of pack animals.

Positive Messages

The Jungle Book offers several positive messages about accountability, teamwork, honesty, courage, the wisdom of elders, and the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though fairly simple, many characters demonstrate strong judgment, character, kindness, and loyal friendship.

Violence & Scariness

Consistent peril appears throughout the series, from the vicious near-kills of jungle predators to high-stakes tree-swinging antics. Scenes frequently include growling and fang-bearing animals, and there's much discussion of animals having other animals for breakfast, but none of the violence is shown.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while The Jungle Book: The Movie is an overwhelmingly family-friendly affair packed with strong character lessons, it does present the persistent peril of jungle life alongside pack- and wild-animal politics. However, there is more bark than bite, and the peril is merely suspenseful, with no bloodshed.

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What's the story?

Mowgli and friends Bagheer and Baloo and perennial enemy Shere Khan are back in a TV-series-turned-movie that has Mowgli proving his worth among his adoptive wolves, seeking out the bravest animal in the wild, testing his own endurance, and learning to navigate and respect jungle law.

Is it any good?

Here, the parental death story is sidestepped; the focus is on positive messages mixed with suspense and jungle fun, and that fine balance will please parents and keep kids interested. Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK is a favorite for multiple remakes and updates, and while some of the live-action versions have struggled to recapture the charm of the book and early movie, the animated efforts have better luck. This nicely animated series-turned-movie revisits the old beloved characters as well as the familiar lessons of friendship, loyalty, and tests of character and endurance of Kipling's original short stories.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about survival in the wild. Do you know what it takes to survive in the wild? What kinds of skills do you think you would need?

  • Many of the characters are concerned that they aren't brave enough, and sometimes they feel they have to fake it until they make it. Have you ever pretended to be brave when you didn't feel brave at all? What happened? How did things turn out?

  • Mowgli survives in the jungle because his friends help him navigate the world they live in. But we need our friends to help us in the real world, too. Who are your best friends? What do they help you do?

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