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What to know: This movie has so much action and suspense and follows the same storyline as the cartoon version but with so much more detail.
Recommended age 6-12
111 minutes
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Interested in seeing an action packed movie? If so, watch The Jungle Book live version. I really enjoyed it. This movie has so much action and suspense and follows the same storyline as the cartoon version but with so much more detail. The movie is about a boy named Mowgli who is taken away from his village after a tiger attack. He gets stuck on a runaway wagon that is on fire. After he manages to get off of the wagon he is too far away from his village and no one can find him. Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves and grows up with a panther and a bear named Baloo. Eventually, he is found by civilization and his childhood love named Kitty. He then has to learn how to fit in with everyone. My favorite character in the movie is Mowgli because he tries really hard to fit in with everyone once he is found. He also tries really hard to always protect Kitty. He is a really good fighter and climber. My favorite part in this movie is when Mowgli finds a secret hideout where a lot of monkeys live. It is packed with mountains of treasures. He finds a dagger but then a snake pops out and tries to kill Mowgli. So Mowgli fights with the snake and eventually uses the dagger to kill the snake. It is really suspenseful. I recommend this movie for ages 6 and up. Younger kids might get scared watching this movie because there is a lot of fighting and suspense. The Jungle Book is one of the many classics brought to your home by HDNet movie on kidScene, a morning and Friday night programming block for kids and families. Credit: Anthony Aranda, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This is not the original Jungle Book which is animated but it is a new version with real actors and a many trained animals. It is amazing how many animals were trained for this movie. I love all the facial expressions from the monkeys, especially in the Monkey Temple scenes. This movie is about treasure, courage, but mostly love. The main characters are Mogley (Jason Scott Lee), Kitty (Lena Headey) and Dr. Plumpford (John Cleese.) I enjoyed Dr. Plumford because he helps Kitty turn Mogley, the jungle man, turn into a civilized man. He is one of the few who believe that Mogley can learn the ways of the human. Kitty is also my favorite because she finds true love in someone that she least expected. She is caring, kind, and helpful to Mogley and loves to spend time with him. Mogley is amazing in the movie because he is able to fight, run and dance with the animals and people throughout. Mogley was separated from his father at the beginning of the movie and at a young age meets new friends in the jungle. He grows up with a panther, a bear and a wolf. As a young child of the jungle, he meets a secret admirer, Kitty. Kitty gives Mogley her mother's bracelet, and that comes in handy when they meet again as adults. Throughout the movie, Mogley shows his determination and work ethic. He show that he wants to learn and really tries to do what is best for all. Mogley is also nice and caring to the animals and people he can trust. My favorite scene is when Kitty learns that Mogley is the "boy from the Jungle" as he hands the bracelet to Kitty. You can tell they have a special bond. I recommend this movie for ages 10 and up. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is action-packed with adventure, danger, love, and betrayal. I love the animals and am impressed with the trainers and the movie magic in allowing the human interaction with the animals. The message is clear - true love prevails. You can find this movie showing on HDNet KidsScene throughout December, 2012. Jennifer Huntoon, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

What an amazing Amazon setting with live jungle creatures. Jungle Book is about a five-year- old boy name Mowglie in India. His father was killed by a mean tiger while working as a tour guide. Mowglie is lost in the jungle when the tiger tore up all the tents and killed several people. He wandered into the jungle and was raised by creatures of the jungle. King Louie (Orangutan), Baloo ( bear) and Bagheera (panther). Years later, he is re-united with his childhood friend Kitty (Lena Headey). They reunited years later and Mowgli no long speaks any human languages. Kitty eventually remembers who he was when he shows her the necklace that he kept. She teaches him English and human manners. Kitty is engage to Boone (Cary Elwes) a greedy captain who kills wild animals for sport. He does not like Mowglie and many unfortunate events happen. The cinematography in this movie is awesome. The forests, cascading waterfalls and the treasure chambers are so out there. The sound effects are excellent. The noises from the jungle environment are very well put together. My least favorite parts, and too hard to watch, are animals mauling and humans killing animals for sport with their heads hanging as trophies. The acting in this movie is above average. Mowgli does a good job communicating with his eyes and expressions when he can't tell Kitty how he feels. The music in this movie is very well put together. My favorite character is Kitty. She has a big heart and always wants to help anyone who needs it. She is open-minded and not afraid of people differences. The lesson in this movie is there are bad people that disguise as good people to get what they want because they are greedy. Mowglie survived the jungle because he is not greedy. I rank this movie 4 out of 5 stars. I give this age range 10 and up due to some animal mauling scenes. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Screening throughout December 2012 on HDNet Movies kidScene. Originally released in 1994.
Mowgli is the boy that was raised by wolves. Now, years later, he finds himself back in "civilization" where life, to him, is far less civilized than his learned jungle ways.
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