Hippity hoppity Roo, we’ve got a blu-ray review for you. Two reviews in fact. Join Jeff Heimbuch as he tells us what to expect from the recent Winnie the Pooh Springtime With Roo and Jungle Book 2 releases.
As with most direct to video sequels, I wasn’t really expecting much from this 2004 film. It’s been 10 years since it came out, but I had honestly never even heard of it before. So, it was with much trepidation that I popped this movie in the Blu-Ray player. Color me surprised, But I actually enjoyed it!
The film is sort of a re-telling of A Christmas Carol…but centered on Easter, and not Christmas. It’s actually not as cheesy of a concept as you may think, either. It works surprisingly well, and the characters are given a lot to do. One would expect a lot of original songs, but there honestly wasn’t much in that department here. And surprisingly enough, again, I didn’t hate that. It kind of focused on the story a bit more, and gave each character some shining moments.
For a kid’s film, it got pretty deep at times, with moments that will more than likely go over the little ones heads, but have adults going “Wow, they went there.” But overall, clocking in a just under an hour, it’s a enjoyable way to spend the afternoon with your kids.
I thought the transfer was mostly decent, especially for a direct to video sequel, and a lot of the colors pop on screen. It gets a little grainy at times, but overall, looks good. On the bonus feature side, it’s pretty sparse, so don’t expect much there.
If you already own this on DVD, there isn’t much of a reason to upgrade. But if you don’t own it, and your child is a Winnie the Pooh fan, they will definitely get a kick out of this film.
This film was originally meant to be direct to video, was released briefly in theaters in 2003, and was promptly forgotten.
And for good reason.
The Jungle Book 2 is simply terrible, no way around it. It acts as sort of “greatest hits” of the original film, but instead of being charming, it just comes off as sloppy.
We join Mowgli in the midst of living in the man village, but of course, he longs for the Jungle and his friends again. Of course, he runs away, with his new man-cub family in tow, and has to confront Shere Khan. Again.
Trust me, it was a total bore fest. When I looked it up on IMDB after viewing, I was surprised it took so many writers to write this film. It was just under an hour and a half, but it stretched on forever.
Haley Joel Osment does an OK job with Mowgli, and John Goodman really does fine as Baloo. But they are given a lackluster story and even worse music to entertain us with, and it just falls flat.
It looks decent enough on blu-ray, at least, but again, if you own it already, there is no reason to upgrade.
Special features include a handful of deleted scenes, sing-alongs, a recap of the original film, and a look at how the original film influenced this one.
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