Photo Credit: Disney
In Disney’s new Jungle Junction, a group of wheeled animals dwell in a brightly lit, well-mapped jungle filled with twisty roads and drive-in buildings. Why? Oh, I think you can guess. Even the animated versions of these stock “characters” look ready for a kid to pick them up and zoom them around a playroom. A two-wheeled pig and a Ele-van lead the group in mild adventures in map- and sign-reading.
It’s all a little absurd but utterly without charm. Everything feels crafted to fit within the product-driven master plan. Why animals with wheels? More fun to play with. Why a pig in the jungle? Because you can’t market a line of toys without a pink girly version. Why watch this when there’s so much else available? There you have me.
—Kell Dell' Antonia