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The Jungle Book 2 (2003)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 71

This inferior rehash of The Jungle Book should have gone straight to video.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 22

This inferior rehash of The Jungle Book should have gone straight to video.



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Mowgli lives in his new man village, but he misses his pal Baloo who likewise pines for his man cub. Restless Mowgli decides to return to the free atmosphere of jungle life. He leaves behind his new girlfriend, Shanti, who's afraid of the dangerous wild animals Mowgli is used to roaming around with in the village. Once there, Mowgli's old nemesis, a tiger named Shere Khan, is out for revenge, and it's up to old friends like Baloo and others to help Mowgli avoid Kahn's lethal claws.

Jun 10, 2003


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John Goodman's Baloo admits, 'King Louie? He split!' Before the third defibrillation of 'Bare Necessities,' you and your kids might too.

February 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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More development and nuance in Karl Geurs' script would have made a big difference.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wait for it to come out on video, it'll baby sit a four-year-old. Anybody else is gonna be bored by it.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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That scratching sound you hear isn't Baloo the bear rubbing against a tree, it's Disney scraping the bottom of the sequel barrel with a follow-up that has none of the charm or creativity of the original.

February 15, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Relatively innocuous but utterly unnecessary -- except from the standpoint of unbridled capitalism.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Likely to provide 72 minutes of enjoyment and a few scary thrills to tykes, as well as a pleasant diversion for parents.

February 14, 2003
Washington Post
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[Blu-ray Review] A minor work from the Mouse House, but Disney enthusiasts will still want to pick up this high-definition package for the stupendous picture and lossless audio upgrade. They know who they are, and for them this Blu-ray comes recommended.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: is, in the final analysis, difficult to recall a more underwhelming series within the Mouse House's ongoing body of work.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Ok for kids, but not the most inspired sequel.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

it's hard to top the original

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

As charmless and ugly as last year's Return to Never Land.

June 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...nobody thought to provide the new movie with anything fresh in the way of a plot or music.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

There's no reason for this story to be told -- besides, of course, parting gullible punters from a few quid.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Consumer alert: The B-teamers have struck again.

March 25, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Is there any other reason Disney would throw in three reprises here of the original's hit song, 'Bare Necessities' if it were not to disguise this film's 'Unnecessary Indulgence'?

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Jungle Book 2 will definitely keep young audience members entertained for more than an hour, and parents will get a nice break, too.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Disney's The Jungle Book 2 is a flea market of cheap ploys and meaningless ideas designed to rob parents of hard-earned money...

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source:

The raw power and anything-can-happen style of the first "Jungle Book" is lost in this sequel, and those bare necessities are lacking.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source:

Rudyard Kipling, on whose book all this is based, managed to have his name taken off the credits from beyond the grave, proving that in death he has a savvier agent than those responsible for this script.

February 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rent the 1967 original and leave this sequel to the wolves

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

This jungle has no rhythm at all.

February 18, 2003 Full Review

Disney's The Jungle Book 2, contrary to belief, doesn't have all the "Bare Necessities" needed to elevate this simplistic family fare beyond its direct-to-video status...a recycled, third-rate kiddie diversion that Disney haphazardly conjured up

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

If the only moments worth remembering are fleeting glimpses of 1967, why bother? Because Disney wants your dollars, that's why - and your only alternative at the multiplex this season is 'Kangaroo Jack.'

February 16, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for The Jungle Book 2

it totally not like the first film.
August 30, 2010
erika bruhns

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Although a nice conclusion for the characters, this is a very short and embarassing attempt at a sequel.
January 19, 2012
Bradley Wright

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It isn't a complete failure and the new cast has their moments, but it is a completely unnecessary sequel which loses most of the charm, fun, and toe-tapping songs the first one had. Overall Rating: 44
July 10, 2012
Bradley T. Johnson
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