Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book, Mowgli and Baloo
|Writers:||Bayard Johnson and Matthew Horton|
|Director of Photography:||Adolfo Bartoli|
|Production Designer:||Errol Kelly|
|TriStar; PG; 88 minutes|
|Cast:||Jamie Williams, Bill Campbell, Roddy McDowall, David Paul Francis, Dyrk Ashton and Gulshan Grover|
|Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling|
Rule number one when making a kids' movie: Use a short, catchy title that's easy to remember. What 6 year old is going to remember this mouthful? The Second Jungle Book, an embarrassing prequel to the 1995 film, has 10-year-old Mowgli (Williams), with the help of his four-legged friends, evading a group of evil monkeys called the Bandars, a recruiter for P. T. Barnum (Campbell) and his rapacious uncle (Grover), who wants to kill Mowgli for his substantial inheritance. Only rarely do humans and animals appear in the same frame together, making for many dull action scenes.