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The Jungle Book [1967 animated film]

by Wolfgang Reitherman (Director), Ken Anderson (Screenwriter), Larry Clemmons (Screenwriter), Walt Disney (Producer), Vance Gerry (Screenwriter)2 more, Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Wright (Screenwriter)

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Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce man-hating tiger Shere Khan has returned, they decide to send Mowgli to a local "man tribe" for his own safety. With the help of Bagheera the wise panther and the happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, Mowgli meets and befriends many jungle animals as he makes his way to the village.… (more)

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The Jungle Book
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman


While wandering the jungle one day, the black panther Bagheera discovers an abandoned child (a "man-cub") and delivers him to a family of wolves, who raise him until he is a young boy. While escorting the boy -- named Mowgli -- to a nearby village, Bagheera encounters such characters as the lively bear Baloo, who inspires Mowgli to stay with him rather than return home. Things take a turn for the worse when a wily monkey named King Louie captures Mowgli to learn the power of fire before he escapes, eventually coming face to face with Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger who seeks to kill all men.

The last of the Disney films produced by Walt Disney himself, The Jungle Book adapts the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling into a light-hearted animated adventure. While I have not read the book myself, I do know that it varies quite drastically from the book. The characters are all charming, with great voices and quirks that make them stand out from the wide gallery of Disney animated characters. Baloo and Bagheera are great stars, and the villainous Shere Khan is a wonderful foe, very reminiscent of The Lion King's Scar. The film looks great in terms of animation and design, the songs are great, and it features many familiar voices from other Disney films, including J. Pat O'Malley, Phil Harris, and Sterling Holloway. This is a standout in the ranks of Disney films, and one that has and will continue to stand the test of time.

Acting: 4.5 | Solid voice acting from a cast featuring several familiar faces from other Disney classics.
Theme: 4.5 | A young "man cub," Mowgli, is adopted by a pack of wolves and raised to age until Bagheera, a black panther, and Baloo, a bear, are tasked with taking him home so he might escape the wrath of the vengeful, man-hating tiger Shere Khan.
Content: 5.0 | A bit of minor violence, but it's practically nonexistent.

Overall: 4.5 | Among the most renowned of the Disney classics, The Jungle Book holds this title with good reason. It is yet another charming addition to the Disney film catalog, featuring a wide assortment of lovable characters and catchy songs that are sure to appease fans of all ages. Couple this with some great voice acting, a fun story, and an intriguing atmosphere, and you have one of the strongest Disney animated films of all-time. The Jungle Book will definitely be a film that will stand the test of time. Highly recommended.

***Watched June 28, 2020*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Jun 28, 2020 |
The Jungle Book (1967)

Bruce Reitherman – Mowgli (voice)
Sebastian Cabot – Bagheera the Panther (voice)
Phil Harris – Baloo the Bear (voice)
George Sanders – Shere Khan the Tiger (voice)
Sterling Holloway – Kaa the Snake (voice)
Louis Prima – King Louie of the Apes (voice)
J. Pat O’Malley – Col. Hathi the Elephant (voice)

Screenplay by Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Ken Anderson and Vance Gerry, vaguely based on The Jungle Books (1894-5) by Rudyard Kipling
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

Colour. 78 min.

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This famous Disney classic still makes for an enjoyable experience at the respectable age of 53. It has, of course, nothing to do with Kipling but a few names. The dark, sinister and brutal original is substituted with the most light-hearted screwball slapstick you can possibly imagine. It is highly creative, often amusing and sometimes hilarious. Among the most inventive touches are Kaa as a hypnotiser, a quartet of witty vultures, Baloo as an accomplished dancer, amateur boxer and jazzy singer, and Hathi as a colonel in charge of the most dissolute elephant army in movie history. (Fifth Pachyderm Brigade, indeed!) Bagheera is the voice of reason, but even he is not above singing about bare necessities with the bohemian Baloo. The villainous Shere Khan is as smooth and treacherous as they come. And who could voice him better than George Sanders? All voices are top-notch, even when they are wasted on third-rate ditties. The animation may look dated to young things born and bred in the Age of Digital Wonders, but it seems perfectly fine to me. Enjoyable stuff indeed! It has aged well. Just remember, if you have seen that movie as a kid, to read the book when you grow up. ( )
  Waldstein | Jun 1, 2020 |
A terrible adaptation of the book in every way, but a fine example of that not necessarily making for a bad movie. The score is gorgeous, the characters memorable, the visuals stunning, and it all happens at a brisk enough pace that the rather thin plot never gets overly worn. ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Jan 31, 2019 |
A boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle is hated by a tiger.

I'm not nuts about it, but it's pleasant and has enough redeeming bits (like dancing monkeys, evil Sterling Holloway, and generally good character animation).

Concept: B
Story: C
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: C
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: B
Music: B

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.7/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Reitherman, WolfgangDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, KenScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Clemmons, LarryScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Disney, WaltProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerry, VanceScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kipling, Rudyardmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, RalphScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cabot, Sebastiansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, Philsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holloway, Sterlingsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Malley, J. Patsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prima, Louissecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reitherman, Brucesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanders, Georgesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce man-hating tiger Shere Khan has returned, they decide to send Mowgli to a local "man tribe" for his own safety. With the help of Bagheera the wise panther and the happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, Mowgli meets and befriends many jungle animals as he makes his way to the village.

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