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The Jungle Book 1994
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  • Stephen Sommers
  • December 23, 1994
  • 111 mins
  • English
  • Adventure, Drama, Family
A faithful adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgoli the jungle boy who is raised by wolves after being lost when a tiger attacked an encampment and killed his father. Years later he finds himself re-united with his childhood love Kitty and back in the "civilization" of Colonial India which he finds far less civilized then his jungle haunts. The search for a lost treasure shows who the truly civilized members of society are.

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Feels more like Tarzan than the Jungle Book but it's a fine family adventure nevertheless. Stephen Sommers is considered a bad director due to films like Van Helsing and G.I. Joe..
He made some of my favorite movies of the 90's though. Like; Huck Finn, The Mummy and definitely including this film. Jason Scott Lee was great; as was the supporting cast.
The use of real animals was also good which you can't say about the 2016 film.

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Lusciously filmed, with slick pacing, good performances and terrific music; while just lacking the 1967 film's charm, it is truer to the book, worthwhile and very underrated.

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