Jungle 2 Jungle

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Jungle 2 Jungle (1997 Movie)

“Jungle 2 Jungle” is a comedy film released in 1997, directed by John Pasquin and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a remake of the 1994 French film “Un Indien dans la Ville” (“Little Indian, Big City”). The movie stars Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams, Lolita Davidovich, and Sam Huntington.

The film follows the story of Michael Cromwell (played by Tim Allen), a successful commodities trader from New York City. He is in the process of finalizing his divorce with his estranged wife (played by JoBeth Williams) and plans to marry his new girlfriend (played by Lolita Davidovich).

However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he learns that he has a 13-year-old son named Mimi-Siku (played by Sam Huntington) from a short-lived marriage in the Amazon rainforest. Mimi-Siku has been living with a tribe in the jungle, and his mother, who passed away, wanted him to experience life in the modern world.

Michael brings Mimi-Siku to New York City, and the culture clash between the Amazonian jungle and the bustling city leads to many comedic situations. The film explores the challenges of father-son bonding, the clash of cultures, and the meaning of family.

Martin Short plays Richard Kempster, Michael’s eccentric and bumbling co-worker, who becomes entangled in the chaos caused by Mimi-Siku’s arrival in New York City.

“Jungle 2 Jungle” received mixed reviews from critics but found moderate success at the box office. It appealed to family audiences with its blend of comedy and adventure, making it an enjoyable and lighthearted film for viewers of all ages.

While “Jungle 2 Jungle” may not be considered a classic, it remains a nostalgic film for those who grew up watching it during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It is remembered for Tim Allen’s comedic performance and the endearing relationship between the father and son as they navigate the complexities of their newfound bond.

Fun Facts

  • “Jungle 2 Jungle” is a remake of the 1994 French film “Little Indian, Big City” (Un indien dans la ville).
  • “Jungle 2 Jungle” was filmed on location in New York City and in the Amazon rainforest, providing a visually diverse backdrop for the story’s humor and adventure. It features a mix of slapstick comedy and heartfelt moments, making it an entertaining family film.
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997 Movie)

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  • Year Released: 1997
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $59.9 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Tim Allen: Michael Cromwell
  • Martin Short: Richard Kempster
  • Sam Huntington: Mimi-Siku Cromwell
  • JoBeth Williams: Dr. Patricia Cromwell
  • Lolita Davidovich: Charlotte
  • David Ogden Stiers: Alexei Jovanovic
  • Valerie Mahaffey: Jan Kempster
  • Leelee Sobieski: Karen Kempster
  • Luis Avalos: Abe
  • Frankie J. Galasso: Andrew Kempster
  • Carole Shelley: Fiona Glockman
  • Bob Dishy: George Langston
  • Dominic Keating: Ian
  • Rondi Reed: Sarah
  • Oni Faida Lampley: Madeleine


  • Director: John Pasquin
  • Producer: Brian Reilly
  • Music: Michael Convertino

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