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The Jungle Book 2

Official Movie Poster
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 New Songs:
Lorraine Feather
Paul Grabowsky
Joel McNeely
Original Songs:
Terry Gilkyson
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Score:
Patrick Griffin
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 (2003-02-14)
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Gross revenue $135,703,599[1]
Preceded by The Jungle Book (1967)

The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 American animated film produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of the film was released in France on February 5, 2003, and released in the United States on February 14, 2003. The film is a sequel to Walt Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book, and stars Haley Joel Osment as the voice of Mowgli and John Goodman as the voice of Baloo. The film was originally produced as a direct-to-video film, but was released theatrically first, similar to the Peter Pan sequel, Return to Never Land. It is the third Disney sequel to have a theatrical release rather than going direct-to-video after The Rescuers Down Under in 1990 and Return to Neverland in 2002. The film is not based on The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1895. However, they do have several characters in common. When released, it was criticised mainly for its cut-rate animation and a lazy, samey plotline to the original film. Disney released the VHS and DVD versions on June 10, 2003. On June 17, 2008 a Special Edition DVD was released.

Contents

Plot

Mowgli is in the Man Village, living with his adoptive parents and new little brother, Ranjan. He has become friends with Shanti, the girl who lured Mowgli into the Man Village. After Mowgli gets in trouble, he blames Shanti and won't talk to her, then Mowgli starts to miss the jungle. After an escape from a stampede of elephants, Baloo sneaks into the Man Village - unnoticed by the villagers - to visit Mowgli. Also, Mowgli's old arch enemy, Shere Khan, returns for his revenge. Meanwhile, Shanti tries to apologize to Mowgli, but she sees Baloo with Mowgli, and shrieks for help. Shere Khan sneaks into the village and everyone thinks he's the wild animal. After Baloo and Mowgli escape into the jungle, Shanti, believing her friend was kidnapped, follows them. Kaa spots Mowgli and Baloo talking, and attempts to eat him. But, fortunately, he fails.

Later, Kaa spots Shanti alone, and tries to eat her. He manages to subdue her with his hypnotic stare, which causes her hands to hang loosely at her sides, and to not be able to look away, until Ranjan comes forward and pulls Shanti away in time, releasing her from Kaa's trance. Ranjan starts beating Kaa with a stick, and Kaa ends up accidentally swallowing a large rock. The weight of the rock makes his coils fall on top of him. While Ranjan keeps hitting Kaa, Shanti grabs him to get away from the snake. Ranjan soon scares Kaa from behind, and causes Kaa to fall off a nearby cliff and into a coconut tree, and Shanti and Ranjan soon leave. Mowgli seems to enjoy the jungle as he used to and tells Baloo about his life in the Man Village and Shanti. Soon, Mowgli's old panther guardian, Bagheera, figures out that Mowgli had escaped the Man Village with Baloo, and he tries to find him. Shanti and Ranjan are still looking for Mowgli, then get lost in the jungle. They soon find Mowgli sadly sitting in a tree and when he sees Shanti, he falls into some vines and gets tangled. Baloo finds them and scares Shanti. Shanti learns that Mowgli told Baloo to scare her, and she gets angry at him and runs away with Ranjan. Mowgli gets angry at Baloo for scaring Shanti and goes after them. He finds them and wants to explain, but Shanti points to Shere Khan, who is behind him. The children run and Mowgli tells Shanti and Ranjan to stay put in a bush.

Shanti goes to help Mowgli and Ranjan encounters Baloo when he tries to follow Shanti. He tries to run away, but Baloo tells him to calm down and asks him where Mowgli is. Ranjan shouts "Shere Khan!" and they run after Mowgli. Mowgli finds an ancient temple and hides. Baloo and Ranjan run into Bagheera, whom Baloo leaves Ranjan with when they arrive at the temple, which Shanti has arrived at as well. She and Baloo encounter each other and soon learn that they are on the same side and split up. Baloo begins banging on a gong, soon being joined by Shanti and Mowgli each in their hiding places and confuse Shere Khan. Shanti's gong falls down and Shere Khan threatens her. Mowgli comes out of his hiding place and Shere Khan runs towards him. Mowgli begins to run and Baloo pushes Shere Khan away. Mowgli and Shanti run up a staircase, soon being followed by Shere Khan after Baloo tries to stop him again and soon run into a crater and jump across and land on a tiger head statue. Shere Khan jumps onto the tiger head which starts to fall. Shere Khan falls and lands on a rock and the tiger head lands down trapping him inside. Mowgli and Shanti fall too but are saved by Baloo. Meanwhile, Lucky, a new member of the vultures, comes down and begins to tease Shere Khan. They soon return to their families and go back to the village. Not long after returning to the village, Mowgli, Shanti and Ranjan secretly return to the jungle spend some time with their new jungle family, unaware that Mowgli and Ranjan's parents know where they're going.

Production

  • 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 film. However, he makes a non-physical appearance as a shadow puppet in the beginning of the film and is briefly mentioned in the middle of the film.
  • The decision was made to keep Shere Khan in shadow during the beginning of the film to "reflect his 'wounded pride'".[2]

Characters

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Returning from the first film

New in this film

Animals featured

Hidden appearances

  • During one of attempts at the classic musical number The Bear Necessities from the first film, 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, Timon and Pumbaa can briefly be seen dancing until Baloo bounces them off with his backside.
  • Haley Joel Osment and Mae Whitman would later co-star again in Kingdom Hearts II, voicing Sora and Yuffie, respectively.

Soundtrack

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

Trivia

  • This is the second Disney sequel to take place right after the ending of the first film 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.

Reaction

Criticial reception

Many people thought that The Jungle Book 2 was a rehash of the original 1967 classic and should have gone direct-to-video as it was originally intended. On Rotten Tomatoes, the general consensus is "This inferior rehash of The Jungle Book should have gone straight to video." Based on 86 reviews, the film a "rotten" approval rating of 19%, with an average score of 4.4/10.[3]. Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics" division, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television, and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 17% based on 35 reviews with an average score of 4.1/10.[4] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 38%, based on 24 reviews.[5]

Box office

The film grossed $47,901,582 in the United States and $87,802,017 in foreign countries adding to $135,703,599 worldwide.[1]

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 animated feature film produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of the film was released in France on February 5, 2003, and released in the United States on February 14, 2003. The film is a sequel to Walt Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book, and stars Haley Joel Osment as the voice of Mowgli and John Goodman as the voice of Baloo. The film was originally produced as a direct-to-video film, but was released theatrically first, similar to the Peter Pan sequel, Return to Never Land. It is the third Disney sequel to have a theatrical release rather than going direct-to-video after The Rescuers Down Under in 1990 and Return to Neverland in 2002. The film is not based on The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1895. However, they do have several characters in common. When released, it was criticised mainly for its cut-rate animation and a lazy, samey plotline to the original film. Disney released the VHS and DVD versions on June 10, 2003. On June 17, 2008 a Special Edition DVD was released.

Dialogue

Bagheera: Colonel Hathi! What is the meaning of this?
Colonel Hathi: Man is in the jungle!
Bagheera: What does he want?

Bagheera: This has to stop! You can't keep trying to take Mowgli from the man-village. The boy's future lies with his own kind.
Baloo: Oh! His future can wait. (sighs) I miss my bear cub.
Bagheera: It's not safe for him in the jungle. You know Shere Khan is looking for Mowgli.
Baloo: Just let Shere Khan try something. We handled old stripes once, we'll do it again.
(Bagheera walks in front of Baloo.)
Bagheera: Baloo! Don't push your luck!
Baloo: Outta the way, Baggy!
Baloo: You're not going near the VILLAGE!
(Bagheera falls through the log then into the river. Baloo looks down the hole in the log. Bagheera jumps out for air.)
Baloo: Later, Baggy!

Ranjan: (beats Kaa repeatedly with a stick for trying to eat Shanti) Bad snake! Bad snake! Bad snake! Bad snake! Bad snake!
Shanti: Ranjan?
Ranjan: Bad snake, bad snake! You leave Shanti alone!

Mowgli: I'm sorry sir, it's just...
Ranjan's Father: No Mowgli, I'M sorry. I should've understood that the jungle is part of who you are.

Voice cast

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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)
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 animated movie film 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.

Contents

The story

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

  • 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 film. However, he is briefly mentioned in the middle of the film.
  • The decision was made to keep Shere Khan in shadow during the beginning of the film to "reflect his 'wounded pride'".[2]

Characters

Returning from the first film

  • Mowgli, voiced by Haley Joel Osment
  • Baloo, voiced by John Goodman
  • Bagheera, voiced by Bob Joles
  • Shanti, voiced by Mae Whitman
  • Shere Khan, voiced by Tony Jay
  • Kaa, voiced by Jim Cummings
  • Colonel Hathi, voiced by Jim Cummings
  • Hathi, Jr., voice unknown
  • Buzzie, Flaps, Dizzie, & Ziggy, voiced by Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett, Baron Davis, and Jess Harnell
  • Flunkey, voiced by Jim Cummings

New in this film

Animals featured

  • Human (Mowgli, Shanti, Ranjan, Ranjan's Father, Messua, Nathoo & Other Villagers)
  • Sloth Bear (Baloo)
  • Black Panther (Bagheera)
  • Tiger (Shere Khan)
  • Indian Python (Kaa)
  • Asian Elephant (Colonel Hathi, Hathi Jr. & Elephant Patrol; Some seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Indian Vulture (Buzzie, Flaps, Dizzie, Ziggy & Lucky)
  • Baboon (Flunkey)
  • Indian Rhinoceros (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Parakeet (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Hippopotamus (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Indian Mongoose (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Ocelot (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Water rat (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Insect (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Earthworm (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Crane (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Cuckoo (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Kookaburra (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Gazelle (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Langur (The Bandar-log)
  • Owl (Seen by Shanti in the jungle)
  • Vampire Bat (Seen attacking Shanti)
  • Macaque (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Meerkat (Seen in King Louie's former palace)
  • Warthog (Seen in King Louie's former palace)

Hidden Appearances

  • During one of attempts at the classic The Jungle Book from the first movie, Baloo fall into a river, 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

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

  • 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

Criticism

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

The film has made a total domestic gross of $47,901,582. [6]

References

  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
  6. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=junglebook2.htm

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