Apparently I'm in the minority when I think this is the best film in the series, and perhaps I'm biased as this was a childhood favorite, but I felt that the themes of family and love in this film were well explored. I love the Gloria Melman side plot, and I find their relationship very touching. The humor is actually pretty good, and I think holds up mostly to this day. It's a fun family film with a good message.
A natural but forgettable sequel to the original where the animals try to return back to their home. Some unnecessary violent moments - old woman fights the lion? What's that all about in a kiddie movie? Sadly, the main characters are all unfunny as the movie seem more interested in the supporting characters in this entry.