The Jungle Book 2
nd topping our “What the heck can I get my niece/ nephew/friend’s kid for their birthday” list is this 2003 sequel romp from DisneyToon Studios, directed by Steve Trenbirth and starring Haley Joel Osment (Mowgli), John Goodman (Baloo) and Mae Whitman (Shanti). The follow-up to the 1967 classic finds Mowgli living in the “man-village” where he has a new best friend and even a little brother, but he still longs for his jungle pals Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. The man-cub runs off the jungle only to encounter his old nemesis: Shere Khan.
The DVD will purportedly offer some deleted scenes, as will the two-disc Blu-ray/ DVD set ($36.99). Most Disney fans wouldn’t consider this flick one of the bare necessities of their collections, but it is a fun, musical romp that will keep less discerning kiddos entertained. And come on, John Goodman is playing the role he was born for. [Release date: March 18]