The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 animated film produced by the Australian office at DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of the film was released in France on February 5, 2003, and released in the United States on February 14, 2003. The film is a sequel to Walt Disney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book, and stars Haley Joel Osment as the voice of Mowgli and John Goodman as the voice of Baloo.
- Starring : Haley Joel Osment / John Goodman
- Genre : Animation / Adventure / Family / Musical
- Country : United States / Australia
- Language : English
- Director : Steve Trenbirth
- Production : Disney Television Animation / Disneytoon Studios / Walt Disney Animation Australia / Walt Disney Pictures
- Distributor : Bandur Film / Buena Vista International / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Buena Vista Home Video / Buena Vista Pictures / Disney Channel / Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) / Universal Pictures Video / Walt Disney Home Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
The Jungle Book 2 movie
The Jungle Book 2 release date
- February 5, 2003 : France
- February 7, 2003 : Sweden
- February 9, 2003 : USA (premiere)
- February 14, 2003 : USA
- February 20, 2003 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- March 27, 2003 : Germany
- April 10, 2003 : Australia
- April 10, 2003 : Israel
- April 11, 2003 : Spain
- April 11, 2003 : UK
- April 11, 2003 : Ireland
- April 23, 2003 : Philippines (Manila)
- May 21, 2003 : Philippines (Davao)
- December 21, 2005 : Japan (DVD premiere)
The Jungle Book 2 cast
- John Goodman as Baloo(voice)
- Haley Joel Osment as Mowgli(voice)
- Mae Whitman as Shanti(voice)
- Connor Funk as Ranjan(voice)
- Bob Joles as Bagheera(voice)
- Tony Jay as Shere Khan(voice)
- John Rhys-Davies as Ranjan’s Father(voice)
- Jim Cummings as Kaa / Colonel Hathi / M.C. Monkey(voice)
- Phil Collins as Lucky(voice)
- Jeff Bennett as Flaps(voice)
- Veena Bidasha as (voice)
- Brian Cummings as (voice)
- Baron Davis as (voice)
- Bobby Edner as (voice)
- Jess Harnell as (voice)
The film was originally produced as a direct-to-video film, but was released theatrically first, similar to the Peter Pan sequel Return to Never Land. It is the third animated Disney sequel to have a theatrical release rather than going direct-to-video after The Rescuers Down Under in 1990 and Return to Never Land in 2002. The film is not based on The Second Jungle Book. However, they do have several characters in common.
The film received negative reviews directed towards the animation and similarity in plotline to the first film. However, it was a box office success, grossing $135.7 million against a $20 million budget.
Mowgli is living in the Man Village with the girl who lured him in, Shanti, his adopted brother Ranjan, and Ranjan’s parents. However, Mowgli wants to return to the chaotic adventures of the jungle, and after nearly leading the other children of the village into the jungle, is punished by his adopted father for putting them in danger. Meanwhile, in the jungle, Shere Khan has returned to Baloo and Bagheera’s part of the jungle seeking retribution on Mowgli. Baloo breaks into the Man Village and persuades Mowgli to come back into the jungle; however, unbeknownst to them, Shere Khan has followed Baloo into the village, only to be chased off by the village people. In the ensuing battle between villagers and the tiger, Shanti and Ranjan sneak into the jungle to rescue Mowgli, believing that Baloo is a rabid animal who has kidnapped the boy.
Bagheera learns of Mowgli’s escape from the village when the humans search the jungle for him, and immediately accuses Baloo. Mowgli instructs Baloo to scare off Shanti should she appear, and bemoans about the minutiae life he had in the Man Village. Baloo and Mowgli journey to King Louie’s old temple (King Louie is mentioned to have moved out), for a party. However, when the animals of the jungle mock Shanti and other aspects of Mowgli’s life in the Man Village, the boy angrily leaves. He finds Shanti and Ranjan, but Baloo scares Shanti as Mowgli wanted him to. When the truth comes out that Mowgli ordered Baloo to scare her, Shanti and Ranjan run away, abandoning Mowgli.
Baloo realizes that Mowgli misses his old life, but when Mowgli tries to make amends with his human friends, they are cornered by Shere Khan. The tiger chases Mowgli and Shanti to an abandoned temple built above a lake of lava, Baloo instructs Bagheera to protect Ranjan while he goes to save Mowgli and Shanti. After confusing Shere Khan by banging several different gongs, Shanti’s presence is revealed to Shere Khan. Baloo tackles Shere Khan to the ground, allowing Mowgli and Shanti enough time to escape, but the tiger chases the two children to a statue across a pit of lava. Shere Khan is trapped within the statue’s mouth, and it plummets onto a large stone that resides in the lava below. With his nemesis finally defeated, Mowgli returns to the Man Village with Shanti and Ranjan, but they return to visit Baloo and Bagheera in the jungle on a daily basis.
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