The Jungle Book 2 (2003) Although Disney's animated Jungle Book follow-up opens with a charming shadow-puppet synopsis of the 1967 original, it soon takes an unsatisfying turn. After Mowgli (Osment)…
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The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

MPAA Rating: G

Details Release Date: Jun 10, 2003; Movie Rated: G; Genres: Animation, Comedy, Kids and Family; With: John Goodman and Haley Joel Osment; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Although Disney's animated Jungle Book follow-up opens with a charming shadow-puppet synopsis of the 1967 original, it soon takes an unsatisfying turn. After Mowgli (Osment) leaves his village for the jungle and his bear buddy, Baloo (Goodman), the film becomes just a rote rehash of its predecessor, with oh-so-similar appearances by the hypnotizing snake Kaa and the ominous Shere Khan, as well as some barely adequate musical numbers. The only alteration is a flimsy friendship between the man-cub and his new gal pal--and that doesn't justify a sequel.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints