Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo
PG, 88 min. Directed by Duncan Mclachlan. Starring William, Bill Campbell, Roddy McDowall, David Paul Francis, Gulshan Grover.
Not reviewed at press time. A few years back Disney made a live-action Jungle Book starring Jason Scott Lee. This new version is also a live-action movie but it is not a Disney venture. With a title that's something of a mouthful, storywise this TriStar release sounds more akin to a prequel than a follow-up. Marginally released in a few cities several months ago, The Second Jungle Book is suddenly making its Austin debut at a second-run theatre. This is not a good sign. Clearly, this is a last-ditch attempt to wring a few extra theatrical bucks from this poorly reviewed movie before its video release. And considering the dearth of fitting PG fare out there at present, this kiddie Kipling caper (that features an always-welcome appearance by Roddy McDowall) may be just the safari you're looking for.