- The Jungle Book 2
name = The Jungle Book 2
caption = Official Movie Poster
Christopher Chase Mary Thorne
John Goodman Haley Joel Osment Mae Whitman Connor Funk Bob Joles Tony Jay John Rhys-Davies Jim Cummings Phil Collins
Lorraine Feather Terry Gilkyson Paul Grabowsky Patrick Griffin Joel McNeely Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman
Christopher K. Gee Peter Lonsdale
Buena Vista Pictures Icon Film Distribution/ Igor Entertainment/ Beacon Pictures(Australia)
February 14, 2003
runtime = 72 minutes
language = English
preceded_by = "The Jungle Book" (1967)
website = http://disneyvideos.disney.go.com/moviefinder/products/2274103.html
imdb_id = 0283426
"The Jungle Book 2" is a 2003
animated featurefilm produced by the DisneyToonsstudio in Sydney, Australiaand released by Walt Disney Picturesand Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of the movie was released in Franceon February 5, 2003, and released in the United States on February 14, 2003. The film is a sequelto Walt Disney's 1967 film"The Jungle Book", and stars Haley Joel Osmentas the voice of Mowgliand John Goodmanas the voice of Baloo.
The film is not based on "
The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1895. However, they do have several characters in common. Disney released the VHSand DVDversions on June 10, 2003. On June 17, 2008a Special Edition DVD was released.
Haley Joel Osment) is in the Man Village, living with his adoptive parents and new little brother, Ranjan ( Connor Funk). He makes friends with Shanti ( Mae Whitman), the girl who lured Mowgli into the Man Village. After Mowgli gets in trouble, he blames Shanti and won't talk to her, then Mowgli starts to miss the jungle.
After an escape from a stampede of elephants, Baloo (
John Goodman) sneaks into the Man Village - unnoticed by the villagers - to visit Mowgli. Also, Mowgli's old arch enemy, Shere Khan ( Tony Jay), returns for his revenge. Meanwhile, Shanti tries to apologize to Mowgli, but she sees Baloo with Mowgli, and shrieks for help. Shere Khan sneaks into the village and everyone thinks he's the wild animal. After Baloo and Mowgli escape into the jungle. Shanti, believing her friend was kidnapped, follows them.
Also, Mowgli's other enemy, the hungry snake Kaa (
Jim Cummings), spots him and Baloo talking, and attempts to eat Mowgli. But, fortunately, he fails.
Later, Kaa spots Shanti alone, and tries to eat her. He manages to subdue her with his hypnotic stare, until Ranjan comes forward and pulls Shanti away in time, releasing her from Kaa's trance. Ranjan starts beating Kaa with a stick, and Kaa ends up accidently swallowing a large rock. The weight of the rock makes his coils fall on top of him. While Ranjan keeps hitting Kaa, Shanti grabs him to get away from the snake. Ranjan soon scares Kaa from behind, and causes Kaa to fall off a nearby cliff and into a coconut tree, and Shanti and Ranjan soon leave.
Mowgli seems to enjoy the jungle as he used to and tells Baloo about his life in the Man Village and Shanti. Soon, Mowgli's old panther guardian, Bagheera (
Bob Joles), figures out that Mowgli had escaped the Man Village with Baloo, and he tries to find him.
Shanti and Ranjan are still looking for Mowgli, then get lost in the jungle. They soon find Mowgli hanging from the vines, because Mowgli was hiding from them and accidentally tripped. Baloo finds them and scares Shanti. Shanti figures out that Mowgli got Baloo to scare her, and she gets angry at him, and then Mowgli gets angry at Baloo for scaring Shanti.
Mowgli runs away. He finds an ancient temple and enters it. Shere Khan finds Mowgli at the temple and chases him. Mowgli soon runs into a crater and he and Shanti jump across and land on a tiger head statue. Shere Khan jumps onto the tiger head which starts to crack. Shere Khan falls and lands on a rock and the tiger head lands down trapping him inside. Mowgli and Shanti fall too but are saved by Baloo. Meanwhile, Lucky, a member of the vultures, comes down and begins to tease Shere Khan.
They soon return to the Man Village and are greeted by their families but Mowgli, Shanti and Ranjan return to the jungle to stay with their new jungle family.
John Goodmanrecorded his voice work in New Orleanswhile Haley Joel Osmentrecorded his in California.
*Due to a legal dispute, the character of
King Louiefrom the original "Jungle Book" could not be included in this film. However, he is briefly mentioned in the middle of the film.
*The decision was made to keep Shere Khan in shadow during the beginning of the film to "reflect his 'wounded pride'".cite web |url=http://www.digitalmediafx.com/Features/junglebook2.html |title=A Look at The Jungle Book 2 |accessdate=2008-09-11 |last=Tracy |first=Joe |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=Digital Media FX ]
repriseof "The Bare Necessities", three prickly pearsstick to Kaa's nose and head, making him look like Mickey Mouse.
*During W-I-L-D, Timon and Pumbaa can briefly be seen dancing until Baloo bounces them off with his backside.
*When Hathi and Bagheera are on the wooden log and fall into the water, Flounder from "The Little Mermaid" can be spotted for a brief moment.
Smash Mouthrecorded a cover of the Sherman Brotherssong, " I Wanna Be Like You" (originally from the 1967 musical film), which is featured on this film's soundtrack.
The film has made $135,703,599 worldwide.
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