Netflix recently unveiled its first trailer for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and it’s intense. While most think of Disney’s happy-go-lucky animated take on the Rudyard Kipling tale, this version from Netflix is definitely not the “bare necessities” you might be thinking of.

Directed by actor Andy Serkis (who also voices Baloo the bear), the epic tale is told in an action-packed, somewhat gritty, way. So if you’re looking for a fun family romp, this is not it. In other words, you might want think twice before letting the littles watch it—here’s why.

You probably already know The Jungle Book story well. Whether you’re a fan of Rudyard Kipling’s iconic novel, the classic Disney cartoon, Disney’s live-action reboot or all of them, you already know that this tale certainly isn’t filled with rainbows, unicorns and smiling butterflies—it’s downright angsty at times.

While the latest adaptation of the Kipling story will amaze your older kiddo, tween or teen, the animal fight scenes may leave your younger child…um, shocked? Maybe scared? Just from the trailer alone, it’s clear there are some legit nightmare-inducing moments of fright parents should be aware of.

This isn’t to say Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a pass for parents. If your child is totally okay with feature film creature viciousness, then you’re all good. If your kids understand that this isn’t real, it’s just a movie, the darker subject matter is something that they probably could handle. Ultimately, you know your kids best.

While Netflix will release the film in limited theaters on Nov. 29, they’ll also add it to their streaming platform on Dec. 7. So if you have concerns about the content—wait. That is, wait until it comes to the small screen, preview it first and then decide if you want to let your child watch away—or not.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Netflix via YouTube

 

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