Sequels in general leave so much to be desired.  So often they are not a planned part of the story, but merely a studio plot to capitalize on name recognition and stupid Americans.  Sometimes it is a genuine extension of the first plot, the Star Wars and perhaps the Matrix trilogies are good examples of this, but the movie market is drowning is trashy repeats.  Even Disney seems to be on that junk train from time to time, but this film is an example of an instance where they are not.

Starting this June 17th, now available on DVD from Disney DVD and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes the next chapter in one of the most exciting jungle stories of all time.  The Jungle Book 2 is ready for you to bring home and see what happens next.  Surprise your children with this timeless tale of friendship, survival and fun!

This movie continues the tales of Mowgli and all his jungle friends.  Mowgli now lives in the town outside of the jungle, the “man-village” we see at the end of the first movie.  He lives there with his best friend Shanti and stepbrother Ranjan.  But the man-cub misses the jungle and his friends Baloo and Bagheera.  Mowgli returns to the jungle, but runs into the middle of Shere Khan’s evil plan to destroy him.  Now Mowgli needs help from those in both parts of his life to survive.

The special features included in this Disney DVD are the FastPlay option, Mowgli’s Jungle Ruins Maze game, Mowgli’s Story Time Adventure game, music videos for “I Wanna Be Like You” performed by Smash Mouth, “W-I-L-D” and “Jungle Rhythm”, along with a selection of deleted scenes and much, much more for your children to gain enjoyment from.

The animation was not as impressive in this movie as it was in the first one, but, sadly, Disney can no longer afford to put that much time and money into a cartoon.  The story is a good one and it preaches a good message, as all films seem to do these days.  If anything, we should mourn the death of films which were merely entertaining and gave no consideration to their social impact.  Responsibility is important, but it is not always fun.  Nonetheless, it’s a surprisingly good movie for a Disney sequel.

This movie is worth watching 2!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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