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Analysis Date: February 15, 2003
CAP Score: 92
CAP Influence Density: 0.14
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy imdb.com
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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