My absolutely favourite of the Walt Disney-era Disney films. Amazing songs and great characters. It also stands up well to the test of time. Trivia - This was the last film to have Walt Disney's personal touch before his death in 1966.
Mowgli never learned bros before hoes.
The well-worn tale of an abandoned infant, found and raised in the wild by a caring society of jungle creatures. In this specific case, it's a pack of wolves who look after the boy, though they quickly fade away when an elder insists the child (now half-grown) be returned to human civilization. A fatherly panther and carefree bear seem much more attached, guiding him through danger and belting out various songs as they progress through the densest bits of occupied brush.
The pieces are here for another true Disney classic - excellent character designs, cheerful music, superb voice acting - but the plot is watery and overly simple, while the animation largely isn't up to snuff. In contrast to the studio's famous knack for experimentation, The Jungle Book's visuals are a dull, two-dimensional affair with all manner of seams and shortcuts left in view. It's a workmanlike effort, smooth but not especially interesting, which leans on the studio's name more than it adds to it. One of Disney's vault-dwellers that probably looks better in the memory banks than it does on-screen.
One of Disney's most memorable movies.
In most cases, the story is paramount, but here the story is threadbare at best as the film merely feels the need to justify Mowgli's adventures in the Jungle. Indeed, Mowgli is the least interesting character with the opening scenes and resolution to his journey barely registering and the film relies solely on a series of vignettes detailing his encounters with a variety of animals. But what brilliant vignettes they are!!! Disney films have always had a strong array of supporting characters that often outshine the central heroes, but The Jungle Book is one of those rare films that every single supporting character is note perfect resulting in one of Disney's funniest films. It helps that the voices are so well cast, with Phil Harris' Baloo and Louis Prima's King Louie slightly edging it in a lineup that it is difficult to choose a favourite. You would also be hard pressed to find a stronger lineup of songs in a Disney film. Had a stronger story been developed to tie the film together there would have been little to complain about, but as it stands, the film is still one of the best from Disney and well worth your time.
An entertaining watch.
'The Jungle Book' is ideal family viewing, with its warm characters and catchy music. The plot isn't the deepest, shown by the lesser conclusion, though on the whole you can't help but smile throughout.
Mowgli, despite being the protagonist, isn't one of the best; Bruce Reitherman is solid if unspectacular. The real stars of the film are Baloo (Phil Harris) and Bagheera (Sebastian Cabot), as well as side characters Kaa (Sterling Holloway) and King Louie (Louis Prima). George Sanders does good as Shere Khan, but it is surprising that he isn't seen until the final act.
This arguably features Disney's greatest songs from this era of their productions. "The Bare Necessities" is the standout for me, but "Colonel Hathi's March" and "I Wan'na Be like You" are terrific too. All sing-a-long worthy.
The film is a largely just for fun 78 minutes, which is why the more serious finale doesn't avoid falling flat a little bit. It's still an OK ending, just not on the same level as what builds up to it in my opinion.
10 - Totally ninja!
The songs, they're great. And so is the rest.
Hollywood has decided to re-make this so I thought I’d give the 1967 Disney animation another look before going into the new one.
It’s been many many years since I saw this but The Jungle Book is every bit as warm and charming as I remembered. It seems to pulse with a jazz-beat that sinks its claws into you and doesn’t let go. Something about the pace and style of animation as we follow Mowgli through the jungle makes the whole film just happily breeze by.
The production values aren’t quite that of the Disney classics from the 40s and 50s, but the catchy songs, excellent voice acting and concise, memorable script make The Jungle Book an all-time great.
I don't really think Shere Khan is a Villian. All he wanted was to keep the humans out of the jungle.. that doesn't really sound that bad to me.
I also recall Mowgli having dark coloured skin as well.