The Jungle Book - Disney Films Project
Continuing on with our Disney Films Project, it's time for The Jungle Book!
This is one of my childhood favorites and I still enjoy it as an adult. I never read Rudyard Kipling's books so I never worried about it being so unfaithful to the original works. I just have always loved the characters and the songs. King Louie and his crazy monkeys are scene stealers for sure and the song I wanna be like you -oooh -oooh, is so fun and catchy! Baloo's Bear Necessities is another classic. And that sweet little song the girl sings at the end gets me every time. Of course Mowgli has to go with her after that!
There's not anything too deep to examine here, just a cute story told with flair. The animation is pretty standard for Disney look of the time period it was released in, but that's a compliment. I'm giving it 9 out of 10 Mickeys but it's probably more like a 9.5 for me.
Second opinion with Alex
Here we are, end of the classic age.
This is our 2nd finale, the last film Walt produced before his end. In that sense, the whole thing takes on one last resonance of familiar themes.
Swinging jazz permeates the soundtrack, and a few noted celebrities are in roles, instead of just the rotating Disney ensemble. If this company were a band, it would be Chicago. The entire thing resonates with a varied song selection, memorable characters, and excellent art. What else to say?
This is a very good finale, and I give it 9/10. It's not faithful to the stories, by any means, but it adapts them well. The one caveat is some of the dialogue not flowing as well as usual.
Poppins holdover: Trust in Me has been re-purposed from its original draft, "The Land of Sand." This was part of a compass sequence that was storyboarded, but not filmed.