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Jungle Book 2, The
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Connor Funk, Bob Jones, Tony Jay, John Rhys-Davies, Jim Cummings & Phil Collins

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include Mowgli

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 22741
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 72
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/10/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Steve Trenbirth
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "The Jungle Book 2," Mowgli (Osment) is adjusting to living with humans easily enough but finds that he misses his good buddy Baloo (Goodman) as much as Baloo misses him. So, the man-cub decides to pay a visit to his old pal in the jungle and goes off without his family or his best friend Shanti (Whitman). However, the young girl who lured him away from the wild soon goes in search of her friend in spite of her fear of wild animals, with Mowgli

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced and windowboxed/pillarboxed 1.66:1 DVD picture exhibits animated images that are reminiscent of the original Jungle Book movie, being somewhat simple compared to Disney

The 5.1 sonic presentations are quite typical for Disney sequels in that the soundstage presentation is somewhat more reserved in spatial engagement than the originals. Still, fidelity in this case is very good, and the dimensionality across the screen is amply engrossing. Voices sound impressively natural and with reasonably good spatial integration. There