The Jungle Bunch: The Movie is a quirky and odd sort of film filled with optimism and good humor. The story starts out when an egg is pushed off the Atlantic ice floe and ends up in the jungle where a tiger ends up raising the hatch-ling. Maurice believes he is a great and fierce tiger and is always looking for opportunities to teach his adoptive son Junior, a tiger fish, the ways of the warrior.
When his native homeland is thwarted by evil walrus’ Ping and Pong set off in search of “The Great Warrior Tiger and his Seven Freedom Fighters” to save the day. Little do they know, or even Maurice himself, The Great Warrior Tiger is a penguin who has to paint his stripes on. Maurice even teases the other penguins for walking funny and having useless wings that don’t fly. Their adventures take Maurice and his friends from the jungle to the ice caps where their strength is tested after getting brutalized by the big and scary walrus’. You’ll have to watch it for yourself to see how it ends though.
John Lithgow plays the voice of Maurice and that was one of the things I was excited about. I’m not usually in to these kinds of movies or even willing to give them a try but I ended up really loving The Jungle Bunch and I think my kids did too. The group of characters come together in an off beat lovable way and I found myself curious as to how it would all come together in the end.
Among the seven freedom fighters; a tiger fish in training; a bat afraid of the dark, a neanderthal gorilla, a tarsier who’s used to staying close to home, a warthog who would love nothing more than to be on Broadway and a couple of frogs who bring in the humor.
I received a DVD copy of the movie for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.