The Jungle Bunch is a group of animals who, when called upon, will help and save the day. Whether it’s another animal in need of urgent help or an area in the jungle that requires their attention, their goal and desire is to help maintain peace and harmony. When one of the animals in the jungle claims to have ‘atomic pee-pee’, The Jungle Bunch discover that a strange pink powder-like substance has been sprayed on all the plants in the jungle. They soon realise that the substance reacts explosively when it meets water and was created by a brilliant scientist. With the rainy season approaching, The Jungle Bunch must act quickly and embark on a journey unlike anything they’ve gone on before, seeking answers and an antidote to prevent the loss of their beloved home. Little do The Jungle Bunch know that a colony of frustrated beavers who will do anything to stop them from success is behind their mysterious pink powder.
The Jungle Bunch: World Tour is an animated family film and serves as a new instalment within the popular series. The good news is, if you’ve never witnessed a The Jungle Bunch film featuring this crazy bunch of fun animals, it’s easy to enter this series with fresh eyes and keep up thanks to the amusing backstory and character introduction at the film’s start. While it’s easy to connect with the characters, the plot sometimes feels somewhat complex; at least, I think it will be for a younger crowd. For adults, there are plenty of film references to other movies, including Indiana Jones, Kung Fu Panda, and other classic Westerns.
The comedy in this film was a major hit-and-miss for me. Some characters, including a pair of witty and loud frogs, made me chuckle whenever they appeared. However, some other side characters’ jokes only baffled me as an adult. One such joke included a creature discovering eczema on its bottom and requiring another creature to apply cream for it. It’s one of the few attempted gags that felt not required.
Overall, as someone who has never experienced a journey with The Jungle Bunch, I was surprised by how easy it was to tag along for the ride on this new adventure. There’s a fun introduction to all the characters, and the new adventure consists of many witty animals and tricky situations along the way. The visuals are delightful, especially for the younger crowd, and the score by Olivier Cussac and sound effects also impressed me. The plot, at times, seemed complex, but thankfully, there were plenty of random gags to distract from the storyline. The gags were also hit-and-miss; some were clever, while others were too crude and unnecessary for a family film. Naturally, this is recommended for those familiar with this crazy bunch of animals, but newcomers will still find some entertainment and on-screen adventure pleasing.
The Jungle Bunch: World Tour (2023) is Available in Australian Cineams from January 18th.