The Jungle Bunch

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

The Jungle Bunch is a cute and funny animated movie about animals trying to maintain justice and order in the jungle, and coming up against a dark and sinister threat.

Igor, a narcissistic entitled Koala Bear, with pyromaniacal tendencies was once kicked out of the Jungle Justice League because of his attitude problem and his desire to take over. Outraged, Igor has now returned with his self-invented exploding mushrooms, and starts dropping them over the jungle, causing wide spread fires and destruction. The animals are forced to run for their lives and take refuge on the beach, until the fires subside. In the interim, Natasha the Tiger, takes charge of an egg, which hatches, and out pops a penguin, who immediately thinks he is a tiger. Natasha calls him Maurice, and raises him as her own.

Meanwhile the destructive koala has been banished to an isolated island, but he has planted a tree and he is waiting patiently for it grow so he can cut it down and make a raft to take him back to the jungle and wreak revenge on those who banished him.

In the interim, Maurice has grown into a fine young “tiger” and he and his buddies decide to form the Jungle Bunch to protect the jungle and take over where their predecessors had left off. As with all over protective moms, Natasha forbids him from leaving but as with all defiant teens, he goes anyway! He joins up with Gilbert who is the brains of the outfit, Batricia, a female bat, Miguel, a simple gorilla, and two toads named Al and Bob, Maurice carries around a little striped fish, in a jar, who he regards as his son, and calls him Junior.

When Igor returns to exact revenge on the jungle, the Jungle Bunch are waiting for him, and he gets more than he bargains for.

Some very clever lines, really humorous scenes and a sweet storyline make this movie a really great watch for adults and kids alike.

My only gripe is that it is a tad long, so may not be suitable for the under-fives.

The movie was adapted from a French-American-British television series, created by Jean-François Tosti, David Alaux, Eric Tosti and produced by TAT Productions and Master Films.

The movie opens on 27 October, at theatres countrywide and is classified PG V

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