The Jungle Book 2

February 14th, 2003







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Plot
Mowgli, missing the jungle and his old friends, runs away from the man village unaware of the danger he's in by going back to the wild.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.2/10 (4,534 voted)

Critic's Score: 38/100

Director: Steve Trenbirth

Stars: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Jay

Storyline
Jungle boy Mowgli (voiced by Osment) decides to forsake civilized village life for the "bare necessities" of the wild with his old friends. However, the evil tiger Shere Khan is looking for a little payback after Mowgli's last adventure. Trouble's a-brewing!

Writers: Karl Geurs, Carter Crocker

Cast:
John Goodman - Baloo(voice)
Haley Joel Osment - Mowgli(voice)
Mae Whitman - Shanti(voice)
Connor Funk - Ranjan(voice)
Bob Joles - Bagheera(voice)
Tony Jay - Shere Khan(voice)
John Rhys-Davies - Ranjan's father(voice)
Jim Cummings - Kaa / Colonel Hathi / M.C. Monkey(voice)
Phil Collins - Lucky(voice)
Jeff Bennett - Additional voices(voice)
Veena Bidasha - Additional voices(voice)
Brian Cummings - Additional voices(voice)
Baron Davis - Additional voices(voice)
Bobby Edner - Additional voices(voice)
Jess Harnell - Additional voices(voice)

Taglines: Baloo er tilbage![Denmark]



Details

Official Website: Disney |

Release Date: 14 February 2003



Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,109,797 (USA) (16 February 2003) (2808 Screens)

Gross: $135,680,000 (Worldwide) (29 December 2003)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally planned as a direct-to-video release.

Goofs:
Plot holes: Several times Shanti has to go to the river for water, yet, near the end of the movie, a woman can clearly be seen dipping a container of water out of what seems to be a fountain or pool in the center of the village.

Quotes:
Mowgli: I never knew where I came from. But I always knew where I belonged.



User Review

Pretty good stuff... too short

Rating:

I was pretty entertained by this sequel. What I found most impressive was the excellent voice-over work. I have gone back and checked what the deal was and found it very interesting that both the Winnie the Pooh crews (new and old) were very much involved in the Jungle Books.

Kaa the snake was my main interest, being done by the same voice over guy who now does Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings). Just as the original Kaa the snake, Sterling Holloway, was also the same guy who did the original Winnie voice .

The other was the Black Panther, Bageera, originally done by Mr. French of Family Affair, the great Sebastian Cabot... now being done so well by Bob Joles who also narrates the Winnie series these days, just as Mr Cabot did in his day. Haley Joel Osment did a fantastic job of being Mowgli as well. John Goodman... good I guess... but the original Phil Harris just had that fluid jazz scat thing DOWN. So Baloo just isnt as cool as he used to be. No offense John, I seriously can't think of anyone who could have done better. But sometimes greatness is just great, and can't be duplicated. Nice try though.

Sure the story wasn't really all that rivoting, the animation wasn't as full or rich in color. And no King Louis, but then again... the elephant marching army and the Beatles Buzzards were so great and are back again.

Jungle Book was a great classic, certainly my favorite of all Disney animations... but Jungle Book 2 is certainly worth seeing for the next bunch of little guys who need that Disney fix.

I have to agree with another critic in here... they should have spent a little more time and added a few more minutes of something. 70 minutes... and 15 of it in shadow puppet credits... stop short changing the Disney legacy with trying to reissue a cheaper version of the actual foundation that Disney was built on. Walt is shedding a few tears where ever he is.(actually I guess he sheds ice cubes, isn't he frozen somewhere?) Eisner, get with the program already.









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