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The Jungle Book 2 is the 2003 sequel to Disney's The Jungle Book. Produced by Disneytoon Studios, it is one of their few films to have a theatrical release.

After being charmed by the village girl Shanti (Mae Whitman) at the end of the last movie, Mowgli (Haley Joel Osment) has since been accepted by the Man Village. Despite being adopted by a loving family, Mowgli still finds himself yearning for his old life in the jungle before he had to follow the rules of his new parents. Baloo (John Goodman) has also found himself missing Mowgli and decides to pay him a visit despite Bagheera's objections. When Shanti mistakes Baloo for a wild predator, he and Mowgli run off to resume their carefree life in the jungle. Worried about Mowgli's well-being, Shanti and Mowgli's adopted brother Ranjan try to find him before anything happens to him. Unbeknownst to Mowgli and his friends, Shere Khan has returned to the jungle, seeking revenge after his humiliating defeat at Mowgli's hands.


Tropes related to The Jungle Book 2:

  • Adult Fear: The adults in Mowgli’s village are terrified of their children wandering into the jungle. When Baloo takes Mowgli out of the village, his and Shanti’s parents worry about their children encountering dangerous predators that want to kill them.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Mowgli's adoptive father is understandably furious when Mowgli almost leads the other children across the river into the jungle.
  • Animal Talk: Goes to ridiculous extremes when both Shanti and Ranjan, who unlike Mowgli have not grown up in the jungle, also automatically understand the animals with no explanation. Though Shanti, herself, is unsettled upon hearing Baloo speak when they meet for the first time.
  • Art Evolution: Due to the large Sequel Gap from the original film, this sequel has a notably different animation style. The "hard scratchy outline" look from the original is replaced with softer lines and a more lush colour palette akin to modern Disney movies. Additionally, while the designs remain mostly consistent with the original, some characters are animated differently note .
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  • Art Shift: During the W-I-L-D song sequence, Baloo's color changes from his usual gray to a brighter blue, his nose even going from brown to blue during the song. According to the moviemakers, this temporary color change was done because this particular sequence was so filled with brightly-colored animals that Baloo with his gray fur seemed a little drab in comparison — and since Baloo was supposed to be the center of attention in that scene, they gave him a more eye-catching color.
  • Ascended Extra: Shanti was only in the final scene of the original movie. Here's she's a main character, getting about as much screen time as Mowgli and Baloo.
  • Badass Adorable: Even if he's technically The Baby of the Bunch, Ranjan doesn't seem to be afraid of anything. When Shanti is hypnotized and nearly eaten by Kaa, he intervenes at the last minute and actually beats the giant python into submission with a stick.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Shanti wears a white kofta that opens her belly. She also wears an ankle-length skirt that covers her belly button.
  • Big Brother Worship: Ranjan clearly idolizes Mowgli, as he has aspirations of being a jungle child like Mowgli.
  • Brainy Brunette: Shanti is brainy and has long black hair.
  • Call-Back: Part of the climax involves Shere Kahn imposing a countdown on Mowgli - only in the first movie, he was giving Mowgli time to hide, while in the second he's giving Mowgli time to reveal himself before he kills Shanti.
  • Cassandra Truth: Shere Khan refuses to believe Kaa when the latter truthfully tells him he has no idea where Mowgli is.
  • Character Development: Mowgli has become more mature and less rebellious since his stay in the man village. He has also adapted to life in the jungle better, as shown during the reprise of "Bare Necessities" where he suffers none of the comical mishaps that occurred in the original movie.
  • Character Exaggeration:
    • Kaa's incompetence and cowardliness are greatly exaggerated to the point where he becomes something of a Butt-Monkey, whereas in the first film he was genuinely menacing yet constantly unsuccessful, and his general fear of Shere Khan (the same as everyone else) is exaggerated to not being able to form full sentences around him. Also, Kaa (previously grey-and-brown coloured in the first film) is now green.
    • Shere Khan seemed to take the opposite extreme who, while still the greatest threat of the original film, was still somewhat hammy and whimsical in tone. Here, he is much more stoic and sinister in tone.
    • Bagheera's Chew Toy status is also exaggerated between films.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • King Louie does not appear in the sequel, allegedly due to fears of a lawsuit issued by Louis Prima's widow over caricature of his voice. He is alluded to during Mowgli's performance at the beginning, and his absence is handwaved by Baloo when the pair go to Louie's old palace.
    • While Colonel Hathi's and his son appear, his wife Winifred is completely absent.
    • Despite the first act focusing heavily on Mowgli missing his friends from the jungle, the wolf pack that raised him from infancy are not seen or mentioned at all.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ranjan does such a number on Kaa that even Shanti (who he was previously trying to devour) thinks he's had enough.
  • Damsel in Distress: Shanti; she gets hypnotized, roared at and is nearly tiger chow.
  • Demoted to Extra: Bagheera. Though he's one of the most important characters in both Kipling's book and in the original movie, he's barely involved in the plot and only shows up to get beat up a lot.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: Mowgli's adoptive father punishes him that way when he nearly leads the village children into the jungle. Shanti felt bad for inadvertently getting Mowgli into trouble and tries to sneak him some fruit that night.
  • Disney Death: Lucky.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted with Shere Khan, who falls into a lava pit hear the end of the movie but turns out to have landed in a safe area.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Funnily enough, Mowgli has absolutely no problem cheerfully admitting that Shanti seduced him into the village, but she apparently finds it embarrassing and fervently denies doing any such thing.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Shere Khan ends up being trapped underneath a cage-like statue surrounded by boiling lava. If that's not bad enough, Lucky the vulture is still alive and is free to taunt him to his heart's desire.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: You can see Ranjan's buttcrack during the wedgie scene if paused at the right frames
  • I Was Named "My Name": Human example. Mowgli is called that (or Man-Cub) throughout the first movie by all the animals. Here, we see that his adopted human family has also named him Mowgli. Then again, Mowgli can talk to them.
  • Loincloth: Mowgli and Ranjan's standard outfits.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Shanti becomes Mowgli's replacement for Kaa to turn her brain into mush.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Due to being Demoted to Extra for most of the movie, Bagheera has no idea about Shanti and Ranjan being lost in the jungle - he's confused to see Ranjan, "another man cub" riding Baloo near the climax of the movie, and is even more confused when Ranjan mentions Shanti is in danger. "Who's Shanti?"
  • Magic Pants: Applies to Ranjan's loin cloth. Similar to Mowgli's in the original Jungle Book, Ranjan's loin cloth is able to stretch a fair distance away from him and still remain intact after the fact.
  • Male Gaze: In the deleted musical number "I Got You Beat", the camera briefly focuses on the bottoms of three attractive villager women as they dance in time with the song's beat.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The big dance number has both hippos and Thompson's gazelles (native to Africa) Kookaburras (native to Australia), Black sifaka lemurs (native to Madagascar) and ocelots (South and Central America).
  • Never My Fault: When Shere Khan interrogates Kaa on Mowgli's whereabouts. He believes that Kaa knows where Mowgli is (after hearing the snake grumble "man-cub"). But truthfully, Kaa has no idea where Mowgli is, but Shere Khan won't believe him and continues to threaten the python. So to save his skin, Kaa fearfully lies to the tiger that Mowgli's at the swamp, allowing him to flee. When Shere Khan arrives at the swamp with Mowgli nowhere to be found, he angrily growls "That snake lied to me!"
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Implied with the heckling vulture Lucky:
  • Retcon: An obscure foreign-language novelization rendered the village girl's name as Jasmine. Obviously this wouldn't fly after 1992, so the movie and subsequent merchandise and press material for the first film gave her a different name.
  • Same Plot Sequel: The movie's plot is almost identical to the first movie in that it revolves around the dilemma on whether Mowgli belongs to the jungle or the man-village, and Baloo still wants him to live in the jungle with him. Meanwhile, Shere Khan still pursues Mowgli to kill him.
  • Ship Tease: There's a good bit of this between Mowgli and Shanti. Shanti follows Mowgli into the jungle out of concern for his well-being. And when Shere Khan has her cornered, Mowgli is ready to lay down his life to save her.
  • Sissy Villain: Shere Khan is a more bitter villain, though still plays around with this at times.
  • Slasher Smile: Shere Khan seems to have grown a skill for these (most notably before he seemingly beats Lucky mercilessly).
  • Spelling Song: "W-I-L-D".
  • Take a Third Option: Mowgli has to choose between staying in the village with his own kind or living in the jungle with Baloo. In the end, he chooses to stay in the village, but leaves to visit Baloo every day.
  • Tempting Fate: Shanti says "Tigers don't come into the village" and later in the film, Shere Khan does that exact thing.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: When Shere Khan is interrogating Kaa on Mowgli's whereabouts:
    Shere Khan: Oh, please don't insult my intelligence. It makes me irritable.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Bagheera's reaction when the log he and Colonel Haiti are on is about to break.
  • Troll: Lucky the Vulture, after hearing of Shere Khan's humiliating defeat by Mowgli, makes it point to mock him on a regular basis.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lucky is a brainless troll who spends the majority of his role taunting Shere Khan over his defeat at the hands of Mowgli as up close as possible inadvertently giving him directions to the mancub's location in the process (before falling victim to a rather nasty beating).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Mowgli thankfully gets more capable in the sequel.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: How Ranjan's hirsute, obese and middle-aged dad ever ended up with his very attractive young wife is a mystery note . Partly justified in that he's an Ink-Suit Actor of his voice actor, John Rhys-Davies.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Kaa gets a bad rep around here for his horrendously decayed personality and role in the story, but he was legitimately threatening in the original movie. In The Jungle Book 2? Not so much.
    • Reversed for Shere Khan, who is somewhat less whimsical a villain than he was in the first.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: Twice. Once with Baloo as he is walking inside the temple. "Step aside and I'll show you what a real rug cutter can do". Again with Baloo during the song WILD. Does it after he knocks off Timon & Pumbaa look-alikes.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Mowgli's adoptive father reprimands Mowgli for trying to lead the village children into the jungle by crossing the river and confines him to his room without dinner. Later that night, Baloo takes Mowgli back to the jungle and Shanti follows them thinking Baloo kidnapped the man-cub while Ranjan, Mowgli's adoptive brother, follows her. The adults in the village were too busy chasing Shere Khan out of the village and after they kicked the tiger out, they found out their children ran into the jungle and went in there to look for them. The following day, Mowgli's adoptive father begins to feel remorseful saying he was "too harsh" on Mowgli. His wife assures them that they'll find the children and they continue searching.
  • Wedgie: Ranjan is the victim of this. After Shanti tells him to stay and runs after Mowgli and Shere Khan, Ranjan almost immediately begins to follow her only for his shorts to get stuck on a branch and fling him backwards into Baloo.


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