Finding something on television for the kiddos is a challenge. Even our trips to the theater remind us that children are no longer a concern. My kiddos have discovered a DVD that they are enjoying watching over and over again, The Jungle Bunch. They even love the bonus short cartoons.
In The Jungle Bunch there’s a lot to love. The characters are adorable. They are even educational–one of the characters, Gilbert, is a tarsier, a small animal that’s between a lemur and a monkey and lives in Southeast Asia. There’s the lesson of diversity and acceptance using animals instead of humans to portray an adoptive family and they all ban together in friendship in spite of their differences.
While my kiddos enjoyed it, it left something to be desired for me as an adult.
The movie stars award-winning actor, John Lithgow, and is from Universal Studios. It debuted at Walmart on May 29th.
The movie has walruses who are bossy and lately bullying the penguins in Antarctica, tossing one of the penguin eggs into the ocean. The egg floats away, arriving in the African jungle, where it hatches. This penguin is Maurice, who is soon adopted by a tiger, who trains him to be a fierce hunter. Maurice grows up believing he is a tiger and adopts his own child, a tiger fish.
The penguins from Antarctica come looking for the legendary “great warrior tiger and his seven freedom fighters” to take care of the mean walruses once and for all. It doesn’t take long for Maurice and his quirky friends to set off on an adventure.
There are some adorable characters like:
- Fred the Elvis-like singing warthog
- Batricia the bat who’s afraid of the dark and heights
- Miguel the goofy gorilla
- Gilbert the tarsier who never leaves his tree
- A pair of tree frogs who are best friends
For more about the movie including a behind-the-scenes chat with John Lithgow, check out The Jungle Bunch on Facebook.
The Jungle Bunch is available on DVD and digital download exclusively at Wal-Mart.
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