The Jun­gle Bunch

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Dir: David Alaux. Voices: Paul Borne, Philippe Bozo, Pas­cal Casanova. 97 mins. Cert: U

Not a patch on the Mada­gas­car films, this re­lent­lessly chirpy kids’ an­i­ma­tion is set in a colour­ful jun­gle men­aced by a py­ro­ma­ni­a­cal koala bear called Igor (over­look­ing even the ba­sics of nat­u­ral his­tory, since it’s a fact widely known that koalas sleep for up to 22 hours a day, the lazy blighters). The only thing stand­ing be­tween Igor and jun­gle an­ni­hi­la­tion is a plucky or­phaned pen­guin and his gang of un­der­dogs. Loud and zappy, The Jun­gle Bunch trots out pre­dictable be-kind-be-brave plat­i­tudes, but lacks any­thing dis­tinct of its own. And at the risk of sound­ing like a nan­ny­ish cus­to­dian of young minds, it’s pretty ag­gres­sive in places – one of the good guys is a dimwit­ted go­rilla with an almighty thump. CC

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