Just got back from seeing The Jungle Book with The Monsters and I thought I would let you know my thoughts and answer the question: can I take my small children to this? The new version follows the original Disney cartoon pretty similarly with some slight changes to Mowgli’s back story. The film starts with Mowgli’s life amongst the wolves until Shere Khan arrives threatening the “man cub.” Mowgli then wanders the jungle for a bit before encountering a new friend, a lazy bear Baloo. I won’t say any more about the plot as not to ruin any of the changes from the cartoon version. I will say this, the CGI of the animals is AMAZING! You will not believe how realistic all of the creatures look. All of the voice acting was perfect too; although, I am particularly partial to Bill Murray’s take on Baloo.
So, is this PG version of The Jungle Book kid friendly? I would say yes. We took both girls and Lea was okay throughout. There are definitely some intense scenes, especially one part that involves fire, so just know your child. If they are easily afraid, then maybe skip it, but it is on par with any other Disney scary scenes.
The film is also very frank about death, using words like “killed” and “died” so this may be a conversation you want to have prior to seeing the film if your kids haven’t learned much about those topics yet. When all is considered, I definitely recommend the movie for most kids five and up. Check out The Jungle Book, in theaters now, and make sure you stay for some fun filled credits!