The Jungle Book 2 Reviews
This was at the time when Pixar and Disney's Animated Studios were making great films, so the fact that this was widely released is baffling to me. When the film begins and the viewers spend time in this town right outside the jungle, it is interesting for about 10 minutes, which means those few minutes could have even been a Disney short to show what Mowgli was up to after the events of the original. The writers must have known it would feel like nothing it happening, so they pretty much placed his siblings in the same danger with him along the way, which was very annoying. This was a cheap ploy to make average moviegoers blind to the fact that it was an absolute rehash.
If Mowgli returned to help save one of his friends from imminent danger or had lost one of his siblings in the jungle, that would have made for a much more interesting story. Honestly, any story would have been more original than this. If you had a checklist of story points from the first, I would say about 90% would be checked off again here. To add to that, the addition of John Goodman as Baloo should have been terrific, but when everyone else is fairly unknown while he is such a well-known actor, it became slightly distracting. In the end, there really is not much to say about this film, because it is the exact same as the first, even down to singing the same songs.
I am not normally so harsh on films, but this is just a lazy Disney film that should not have been released. The animation is improved upon and the voice acting is much clearer, making for a cleaner film, but that is not really saying much, seeing as they waited almost 40 years to make this film. This is one of the most disappointing follow-ups that Disney has ever done (to a classic). I can never imagine myself recommending this film, even to fans of the first. So much wasted potential.
This had a lot of potential wasted even though it was better off being something new.
this movie is about Mowgli and his new girlfriend as they flirt with each other, fight and look at each other with fluttering eyes. The voice actors don't live up to the originals, I don't think either one of them do, part of the reason was because this is a new updated version so there's new animation and better sounds. I think they did a pretty good job but all the voice actors should've just stuck to the roles we knew them in. Mae Whitman is the only one that had an unfitting voice for Shanti as expected with her now annoying voice. Lucky is the most annoying character in the film. The gang go out to fight Shere Khan again and win.
Now the animation is pretty good but the character design and some of it feel awkward. Like Mowgli isn't cute anymore, nor is Ranjan cute at times. What's worse is Shanti is fleshed out and now becoming the main character.
The characters are different, Mowgli is now a nicer character, Baloo is selfish and then we got the march of the elephants scene while Baloo is passing through the jungle. The Bear Necesseties is rehased a few times throughout the film. The songs in the film were quite good, though. It was predictable.
The story is Mowgli misses his life in the jungle and wants to go back to it.
May appeal to a younger audience but for me, I can't stand it.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
Why did this movie get released in theaters? It was a waste of time, it's just a boring movie that rehashes The Jungle Book. It makes it look good. Really, a preteenage girl that has a precociously hyperactive toddler for a brother? What's the point in making this? I can see that adults think it's sad how pointless it is with the character Shanti in there annoying us and everything.