The Jungle Book 2 Movie Review!

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The Timeless Tale of Adventure, Friendship and Fun Continues!

Experience the wonder of this timeless tale as you reunite with your favorite characters and meet new friends. Disney’s beloved movie classic continues in this new digital master of The Jungle Book 2 – on Blu-ray for the first time, and wilder than ever in breathtaking high definition!
Now that Mowgli’s living in the “man-village,” he cherishes his new best friend and little brother, but he still has that jungle rhythm in his heart. He misses hanging out with happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. Yearning for freedom, Mowgli runs off into the jungle – and encounters his enemy Shere Khan! This time, he’ll need both his new human family and his old jungle friends to help save the day.

The Jungle Book 2 is a movie of laughs, fun and heart felt emotion. What I loved most about this movie was its sheer energy that radiated off the TV screen.  From the first moment I put in the DVD I felt like I was on an adventure to a faraway place filled with fun. The beautiful colors stood out and made the jungle background come to life. The colors were magnificent and definitely reimagined in the perfect way for this action packed film.

In this move we see a new character Ranjan who is an adorable little boy and the perfect addition to the original characters form the first film. He’s sweet and just a little bit rambunctious as he embarks the jungle with Shanti to save Mowgli.

Mowgli is back as the main character of this movie and still manages to create that same boyish charm that cemented the first movie as a classic. With a new voice and a whole lot to say I think kids around the world will love Mowgli’s spirit as he tries to find his place in life.  Baloo the bear also makes his triumphant return in this movie with same charisma that made him loveable all those years ago!

Although we don’t see King Louie in this movie (which was slightly disappointing) we do see his place and what it’s grown into now that he’s gone. In fact one of the amazing new song and dance sequences in the move takes place there.  Although there are new song and dance numbers there are throwbacks to the original songs in the form of “Bare necessities” and if you catch it a slight mention of” Trust In Me” sing by the evil snake Kaa.

The bonus features on the DVD include the synopsis of The Jungle Book which is really great if you don’t know the story or like me watched the second installment before the first! So if you’re going to watch this movie first I suggest playing that bonus feature to help you get the feel for this movie.

The legacy of The Jungle Book is another bonus feature on the DVD that tells you all about the movie and how it was originally created. It has fascinating interviews with so many important people to the movie and The Walt Disney Company itself. It even reveals quite a bit about Walt Disney’s experience in making the first movie so all Disney fans should check out this bonus feature!

Don’t forget to also catch the deleted scene which chronicles two songs that were cut from the movie and are quite possibly my favorites even though they weren’t in the film. You’ll find yourself wishing they could have played a part in the story as they’re just as catchy as the tunes you here in this movie.

Overall this movie is a great addition to your Disney collection and especially if you own the first jungle book movie. It’s sweet and energetic and even a little heart wrenching. The characters and setting as well as the color and sound are undeniably a perfect combination.

Rating B+

Bonus Features Include: 

Deleted Scenes – On-camera intros to each song with EVP, Sharon Morrill and SVP/Music, Matt Walker. “I GOT YOU BEAT” song cut to storyboard & “BRAVER” song cut to storyboard
Music and More – Sing Along with the movie & music videos: “JUNGLE RHYTHM” and “W-I-L-D”
Backstage Disney – Synopsis of The Original Movie – The Jungle Book (short recap of the first story) & The Legacy of The Jungle Book – discover how the original animated film influenced the look, feel and story of the new movie
Rating: G in U.S. & Canada (Bonus materials not rated)
Feature Run Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (English); Dolby® Digital 2.0 (English); Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (French and Spanish) & DVD: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (English, French and Spanish)
Languages: English, French and Spanish


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