The Jungle Book 2: Disney
Scott Brown
February 12, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Jungle Book 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
72 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/14/03
performer
John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Phil Collins, Tony Jay, Jim Cummings
director
Steven Trenbirth
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Karl Geurs
genre
Animation, Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a C

The Jungle Book 2, Disney’s latest reincarnation, tries to squeeze a few more drops of milk from a sacred cow, 1967’s ”The Jungle Book” — which has the disadvantage of being a marvelously complete and sequel-resistant fable. Nonetheless, the same money-minded dreamers who found a way to ”Return to Neverland” have hacked a path back to Baloo heaven: Jungle-weaned Kipling stripling Mowgli (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) misses his scat-man papa bear (John Goodman, a natural successor to late Ursa Major Phil Harris) and skips out on his adoptive man-village for what amounts to a highlight reel of ”JB1” — including the obligatory recap of ”Bare Necessities.”

It’s downhill from there: By the time Phil Collins joins the ”fab four” vultures of the original (heresy!) and Smash Mouth covers ”I Wan’na Be Like You” over the end credits, the whole enterprise starts to feel like a sheer con.

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