Jungle Book 2

The Jungle Book 2

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Director: Steven Trenbirth, Haley Joel Osment, John Goodman, Mae Whitman

Cast: Steven Trenbirth, Haley Joel Osment, John Goodman, Mae Whitman

     
 

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The 2003 animated adventure Jungle Book 2 comes to DVD from Disney with a widescreen transfer enhanced for widescreen televisions. Audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English or Stereo French. Closed captions are accessible. Special features include Mowgli's Jungle Ruins Maze game, original movie recap, "The Legacy of the Jungle Book" segment,

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The 2003 animated adventure Jungle Book 2 comes to DVD from Disney with a widescreen transfer enhanced for widescreen televisions. Audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English or Stereo French. Closed captions are accessible. Special features include Mowgli's Jungle Ruins Maze game, original movie recap, "The Legacy of the Jungle Book" segment, and deleted scenes. Also includes singalong songs with onscreen lyric options, a music video for "I Wanna Be Like You" performed by Smash Mouth, and two other music videos. This is a completely adequate DVD for family viewing.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Jungle Book, released in 1967, was the last animated feature Walt Disney personally supervised. It may not rank in the pantheon of such masterpieces as Pinocchio and Bambi, but it remains one of the studio's most beloved films, primarily because of the voice cast, which made more of an impression than the animation. This sequel has a "been-there, done-that" feel, but like man-cub Mowgli, one welcomes the opportunity to return to the jungle and sing and swing again to the Disney standard "The Bear Necessities." In this case, John Goodman steps in for the late, great Phil Harris, as jungle slacker Baloo the bear. The film begins with Mowgli (Haley Joel Osment) in the "man village," where he regales listeners with stories of his jungle upbringing. But as his adoptive father notes, "You can take the boy out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the boy." Defying orders, a homesick Mowgli crosses the river into the jungle, where he is reunited with his "Papa Bear," as well as other characters from the original film: the panther Bagheera, the vengeful tiger Shere Khan, the entrancing snake Kaa, and cockney buzzard Lucky (Phil Collins), now the jungle comedian. (Louis Prima's alpha ape "King Louis" is sadly missing, but Smash Mouth reprises his signature song -- "I Wanna Be like You" -- over the closing credits.) Mowgli is accompanied by Shanti (Mae Whitman), the girl who had lured him into the man-village at the end of the first film, and she proves herself to be a kindred brave spirit, enlightening Baloo in the process. Of the new songs, "W-I-L-D" makes the most rollicking impression. Like Return to Never Land, which was also afforded a theatrical release, this sequel seems created with home video in mind. Disney's Australian B-team of animators has replicated the lush terrain of the original successfully. The story is more family friendly and less intense, with only mild perils (Shere Khan has a comical comeuppance, and no characters are presumed dead). Maybe, like Mowgli, you can go home again.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
UPC:
0786936155020
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Mowgli's Jungle Ruins Maze game; Deleted scenes; The Legacy of the Junge Book; Origional movie recap; Music videos - "I Wanna Be Like You," "W-I-L-D," "Jungle Rhythm"; Disney's song selection; DVD-ROM web links; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound; French-language track; Family-friendly widescreen (1.66:1), enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Haley Joel Osment Mowgli
John Goodman Baloo
Mae Whitman Shanti
Connor Funk Ranjan
Bob Joles Bagheera
Tony Jay Shere Khan
John Rhys-Davies Ranjan's Father
Jim Cummings Kaa,Monkey,Col. Hathi
Phil Collins Lucky

Technical Credits
Steven Trenbirth Director
Laurel Betts Production Manager
Christopher Chase Producer
Carter Crocker Screenwriter
Disney-Toon Studios Producer
Lorraine Feather Songwriter
Christopher K. Gee Editor
Karl Geurs Screenwriter
Paul Grabowsky Songwriter
Peter Lonsdale Editor
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Michael A. Peraza Art Director
David Reynolds Screenwriter
Tom Rogers Screenwriter
Roger S.H. Schulman Screenwriter
Evan Spiliotopoulos Screenwriter
Mary Thorne Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening: Shadow Play [3:58]
2. You Can Take the Boy Out of the Jungle... [3:13]
3. Jungle Rhythm [1:12]
4. Missing Mowgli [3:03]
5. Shere Khan [1:52]
6. The Bare Necessities [:03]
7. Into the Jungle [:44]
8. Retreat! [2:27]
9. This is the Life [:45]
10. Lucky [2:05]
11. W-I-L-D [6:07]
12. Finding Mowgli [1:22]
13. Run! [1:53]
14. The Ruins [4:36]
15. Back to the Village [1:36]
16. Yeah, Man!/End Credits [5:30]

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The Jungle Book 2 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got it for my Granddaughter who loves both of the movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was good. Your kids will love it.