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(2003), G
Analysis Date: February 15, 2003
CAP Score: 92
CAP Influence Density: 0.14

MinMax: -23

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), G -- A delightful and musical "Look for the bear necessities..." romp (but...).

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy
Production: Walt Disney Television Animation
Distribution: Buena Vista Home Video, Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Steve Trenbirth
Producer(s): Christopher Chase, Mary Thorne
Written by/Screenplay: Original Novel: Rudyard Kipling. Screenplay: Carter Crocker, Karl Geurs, David Reynolds, Tom Rogers, Roger S.H. Schulman, Evan Spiliotopoulos
Music: Lorraine Feather, Paul Grabowsky, Joel McNeely
Film Editing: Christopher K. Gee, Peter Lonsdale
Casting: Jo Gilbert
Art Direction: Michael Peraza Jr
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, TX

With a CAP final score of 92, Jungle Book 2 fits squarely into the range of scores (100 to 87) earned by G-rated movies in the CAP comparative baseline database of movie scores.

A delightful and musical "Look for the bear necessities..." romp into another chapter to The Jungle Book theme of a boy raised by wolves and graduating into living with people. After time in the man-village, Mowgli (voice of Haley Joel Osment) is pining for Baloo (voice of John Goodman) and his life in the jungle but is torn about leaving the "all work and rules, no play" man-village because of the relationship that has grown between Mowgli and the people, especially with Shanti, the little girl that lured Mowgli into the man-village in the first place and who is now Mowgli's step-sister.

Shere Khan the Bengal tiger (voice of Tony Jay) still wants to kill Mowgli. And it is implied strongly that a new vulture character, Lucky (voice of Phil Collins) is killed by Shere Khan, but the critter conveniently shows up in the last minutes of the show which leads the viewer, including the kids, into thinking for the greater portion of the show that Lucky was killed. And Kaa the Boa still tries to eat everything that moves. Bagheera the panther (voice of Bob Joles) is still protecting Baloo and Mowgli. But this time, Mowgli is a little more defiant and leads others into danger. Granted, this is all fantasy but an influence does not have to be real to influence.

In an act of defiance, Mowgli escapes the village and ventures back out into the jungle. If your same-aged child were to do likewise by emulation of the onscreen "hero", he would become a snack for every little nibbler in the jungle. Fearing for Mowgli's safety, Shanti saunters after Mowgli and takes her toddler brother with her. Now there are three snacks for nibblers wandering the jungle. All night. Now the same theme begins. Baloo and Bagheera do what they can to keep Mowgli safe until he comes to his senses and returns to the man-village.

Lying is used a number of times to gain unearned independence from the safety of the village and other matters of testing authority. I understand that being sorry afterwards for defiance tends to smooth over the guilt, but the "Go ahead and do the wrong as long as you are sorry for it afterwards" can be dangerous, and even fatal. The well-known irresponsibility of Mowgli leads several of the village children into dangerous disobedience and disregard of the rules and of parental authority. Shere Khan comes right out and says he is going to kill Mowgli.

As with most Disney "kids shows" this one has a strong presence on showing that rebellion against parental controls is an option for kids: that parents are too old to know anything. Children are blessed until they reach an age at which they are accountable for their own actions, but God speak very darkly about rebellion [1 Sam. 12:15; 15:23].Your kids may or may not be affected by such influence but you can rest assured they will notice it and may be victimized by it through emboldenment in it. [1 Cor. 15:33] God knows what He is talking about. However slight the "bad company" of The Jungle Book 2 might seem to our desensitized outlook of His Word, defiance of parental authority is rebellion. And parental disregard of it is rather serious as well [Prov. 19:18].

Now that I have sounded insensitively extreme, please remember that we are not trying to be judging of anyone's entertainment diet. We tell you, mom/dad, what is there and we apply His Word to some of the behaviors noted. You decide whether it is fit or not for your family.


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  • 1 Sam. 12:15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD [one of the greatest being honor thy father and mother, Eph. 6:2], then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
  • 1 Sam. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
  • Prov. 19:18 Chasten thy [child] while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his[her] crying [Do not be a willing party to his/her death because you did not chasten him/her early enough: because you chose to ignore or rationalize away his/her defiance/rebellion].
  • Eph. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; [Mom/dad, we had best be honorable in our management of our children, Matt. 18:10.]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise [contemn, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse)] not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. [What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God?]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    The Jungle Book 2 (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • tormenting with name-calling
  • strong implication of a character's death by another character
  • threat to kill a child

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lies, repeatedly
  • leading others into disobedience and by it into danger
  • defiance of mother's call

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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