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The Jungle Book Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Disney classic has positive messages for kids about friendship and finding family in unexpected places. There are some scary and/or upsetting scenes, such as the final battle between Baloo (a bear) and Shere Khan (a tiger), but there's also lots of humor and catchy songs.

  • Families can talk about the music. What was your favorite song? What do Baloo's "Bare Necessities" song and "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King have in common?

  • How does Baloo's love of good music get him into trouble?

  • Why does Bagheera worry when he finds out Baloo and Mowgli have teamed up?

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Not applicable

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    Messages: The movie has positive messages about friendship, responsibility, and finding family in unexpected places.

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    Role models: Many of the characters are self-serving or outright evil, but they don't succeed in the end -- those who do are the generous, caring ones.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: The final battle between Baloo and Shere Khan isn't explicit, but it ends with some potentially upsetting scenes. A burning branch is tied to Shere Khan's tail as he runs away. Kaa the sly snake tries to hypnotize everyone he meets but never manages to make a meal out of anyone.

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    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable