The Jungle Bunch (U)



Action (2017)
97mins Fr

Starring: Cam Stance, Kirk Thornton, Andre Gordon, Erin Fitzgerald
Director: David Alaux
Writer(s): David Alaux, Eric Tosti
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Igor the deranged koala and his long-suffering crab sidekick set the jungle ablaze using time-release explosive mushrooms. A four-strong team of heroes called The Champs rescues innocent birds and animals from the inferno. Many years later, the jungle has regrown and The Champs have disbanded. In their absence, a headstrong tiger penguin called Maurice forms a new team of misfit protectors called The Jungle Bunch.

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The Jungle Bunch (U)

A maniacal koala bear with delusions of grandeur threatens the safety of creatures great and small in The Jungle Bunch. Based on a hit French TV series, director David Alaux's jaunty computer-animated adventure follows in the paw prints of a menagerie of brightly coloured tales populated by anthropomorphised critters including Zootropolis, Sing, The Secret Life Of Pets and Kung Fu Panda. Could this be animal magic too? Sadly not...

The Jungle Bunch. Copyright: Entertainment One. Caption: Natacha the tigress, Goliath the rhinoceros, Ricky the porcupine and Tony the sloth in The Jungle Bunch, directed by David Alaux. All Rights Reserved.A simplistic screenplay, co-written by Alaux and Eric Tosti, is light on uproarious comedy and pulse-quickening set pieces, repeatedly opting for wide-eyed cuteness over narrative sophistication and invention. A centre-piece mine cart chase, which is animated at a lick as a madcap rollercoaster ride, is curiously devoid of edge-of-seat thrills. The linear plot is simplistic, even for the target audience of pre-teens, and underlying messages of cross-breed cooperation and tolerance have been communicated far more elegantly by other films in the past year. Slapstick and physical comedy can only snare our attention for so long. Parents who are dragged into the jungle by excitable tykes will be enjoying big cat naps in the dark rather than purring with delight. Thankfully, the tedium lasts a tolerable 97 minutes.

Igor the deranged koala and his long-suffering crab sidekick set the jungle ablaze using time-release explosive mushrooms. A four-strong team of heroes called The Champs comprising Natacha the tigress, Goliath the rhinoceros, Ricky the porcupine and Tony the sloth rescues innocent birds and animals from the inferno. Every creature is saved, but at a terrible price to The Champs, and Igor is banished to a remote island with no obvious means of escape. "I will come back and take revenge," the bear cackles to his crustacean underling. Many years later, the jungle has regrown and The Champs have disbanded. In their absence, Natacha's headstrong son, Maurice the tiger penguin, forms a new team of misfit protectors called The Jungle Bunch comprising Junior the tiger fish, Gilbert the tarsier, Batricia the bat, Miguel the gorilla, and Al and Bob the toads. Alas, a koala-shaped ghost from the past returns, flanked by an army of buffoonish baboons. Igor has a diabolical plan to raze the lush paradise using thousands of explosive mushrooms placed in subterranean caverns.

The Jungle Bunch has its sentimental heart in the right place but feathers and fur never convincingly fly in Alaux's picture. The quality of the animation isn't on a par with fantastical fables conjured by Disney Pixar and DreamWorks and that lack of visual sophistication is rudely exposed when projected onto a big screen. English language vocal performances are similarly flat and the soundtrack is non-descript save for a glaringly obvious roar of Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor.

- Sam Cannon

The Jungle Bunch. Copyright: Entertainment One. Caption: Natacha the tigress, Goliath the rhinoceros, Ricky the porcupine and Tony the sloth in The Jungle Bunch, directed by David Alaux. All Rights Reserved.


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- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
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- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
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- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
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- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
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- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
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- York, Vue York
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- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
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- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
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- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
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- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
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- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Cinderford, Palace Cinema
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, Movies@Gorey
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Lowestoft, Marina Theatre
- Ludlow, Assembly Rooms
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts
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- Malvern, Malvern Theatres
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
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- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
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- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
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- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
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- Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
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- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
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- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
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- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
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- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
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