The Jungle Book 2

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The Jungle Book 2
Directed by Steve Trenbirth
Produced by Christopher Chase
Mary Thorne
Written by Karl Geurs
Starring John Goodman
Haley Joel Osment
Mae Whitman
Connor Funk
Bob Joles
Tony Jay
John Rhys-Davies
Jim Cummings
Phil Collins
Music by Lorraine Feather
Terry Gilkyson
Paul Grabowsky
Patrick Griffin
Joel McNeely
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Editing by Christopher K. Gee
Peter Lonsdale
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Icon Film Distribution/Igor Entertainment/Beacon Pictures (Australia)
Release date(s) February 14, 2003
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Preceded by The Jungle Book (1967)

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The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 animated movie produced by DisneyToon Studios in Sydney, Australia. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. It was released in France on February 5, 2003, and released in the United States on February 14, 2003. It is the sequel to Walt Disney's 1967 movie The Jungle Book. Haley Joel Osment did the voice of Mowgli, and John Goodman did the voice of Baloo. The movie was going to be a direct-to-video movie, but it was released in theaters first. The movie is not based on The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (published in 1895). However, they do have some of the same characters. When released, the movie was criticised mainly for its bad animation and a story similar to the original movie. Disney released the VHS and DVD versions on June 10, 2003. On June 17, 2008 a Special Edition DVD was released.

The story[change | edit source]

Mowgli feels unwelcome and out of place in the human village where he now lives. When Baloo arrives for a visit, Mowgli leaves with him to go back to the jungle. However, his friend Shanti thinks he was taken by force. She follows him into the jungle. Shere Khan is still hunting for Mowgli, which puts him, as well as Shanti and Baloo, in danger. Mowgli must decide whether he wants to live in the jungle with Baloo, or stay in the village with Shanti.

Production[change | edit source]

  • John Goodman recorded his voice work in New Orleans while Haley Joel Osment recorded his in California.
  • Due to a legal dispute, the character of King Louie from the original Jungle Book could not be included in this movie. However, he is briefly mentioned in the middle of the movie.
  • The decision was made to keep Shere Khan in shadow during the beginning of the movie to "reflect his 'wounded pride'".[2]

Characters[change | edit source]

Returning from the first movie[change | edit source]

New in this movie[change | edit source]

Animals featured[change | edit source]

Hidden Appearances[change | edit source]

  • During one of attempts at the classic musical number "The Bear Necessities" from the first movie, two prickly pears land on and stick to Kaa's head, making him look like Mickey Mouse. This is an example of a Hidden Mickey.
  • During W-I-L-D, Pumbaa can briefly be seen dancing until Baloo bounces them off with his backside.

Soundtrack[change | edit source]

The band Smash Mouth recorded a cover of the Sherman Brothers song, "I Wanna Be Like You" (originally from the 1967 musical movie), which is featured on this movie's soundtrack.

Trivia[change | edit source]

  • This is the second Disney sequel to take place right after the ending of the first movie since The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, which took place right after the ending of the original.
  • Kaa is the second character to originally be played by Sterling Holloway and then taken over by Jim Cummings, the first being Winnie-the-Pooh.

Reception[change | edit source]

Criticism[change | edit source]

Many people thought that The Jungle Book 2 was too much like the original 1967 classic. Many people thought it should have gone direct-to-video like what it was originally made for. On Rotten Tomatoes, the general opinion is "This inferior rehash of The Jungle Book should have gone straight to video." Based on 86 reviews, the movie has a "rotten" 19%, with an average score of 4.4.[3] In the "cream of the crop" division, the movie has a 17% with an average score of 4.1.[4] In the RT Community, it has a 30%, with an average score of 3.7.[5]

Box office[change | edit source]

The movie has made a total domestic gross of $47,901,582.[1]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=junglebook2.htm
  2. Tracy, Joe. "A Look at The Jungle Book 2". Digital Media FX. http://www.digitalmediafx.com/Features/junglebook2.html. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  3. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jungle_book_2/
  4. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jungle_book_2/?critic=creamcrop
  5. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jungle_book_2/reviews_users.php

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